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Andy Murray saw off the flashy but extremely inconsistent Alexander Bublik to reach the second round of Wimbledon. His opponent is the flamboyant German-Jamaican Dustin Brown, who hit the headlines in 2015 when he served-and-volleyed his way past Rafa Nadal at the same stage. Two years before that he saw off Lleyton Hewitt in the twilight of his career.
Brown is an entertaining player to watch when he's on form, and grass suits his unpredictable game. In the first round he came in behind 49% of his serves, and won 78% of those approaches. He makes frequent use of the drop shot. Andy ran down several in his first round, but this is an area where he has perhaps not been so strong as he once was. In 2015 he ran down drop shots with an explosiveness few players could match, and many would envy.
The two have played once, at the US Open in 2010. On that occasion Andy soaked up Brown's forehand power, defended well with his running forehand, and flicked passing shots cross court and down the line as if there was nothing in it at all. But many will remember how Andy was undone by Mischa Zverev's all court game in Melbourne earlier this year. Andy was, admittedly, flat that day, but he seemed barely able to get a ball past Zverev at the net - an issue he'll be keen to avoid against Brown.
Andy was strong at the net in his opening match, which was good to see after some poor net play this year and a distinct regression in his willingness to approach the net this season - though this arguably goes back to the latter half of 2016. Taking the initiative to make use of the forecourt and take the net away from Brown would be enjoyable to watch, but it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see the world number one defend from the baseline and use his arsenal of passing shots and lobs to handle Brown's attacks at the net.
Brown is more disciplined than Bublik, but his penchent for the highlight reel masks the inconsistencies in his game, and his relatively weak return game. After his first match he noted that the balls felt slower than in previous years. That could be down to the heavier conditions on day one when there was cloud cover and light rain, but the weather is due to get much warmer and that could make the ball fly faster.
The match is scheduled to be played second on Centre Court, at an estimated start time of 3pm. The weather is forecast to be clear and sunny, temperatures of up to 28 degrees Celsius, humidity of 44%, and a north-easterly breeze of 2pm.
Andy leads the head-to-head 1-0. Thanks to Bev for the head-to-head image.
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