Murray cracks Bublik

By for on
Andy Murray is up and running in the defence of his second Wimbledon title following a win against lucky loser Alexander Bublik, 6-1 6-4 6-2.

With his buildup to the tournament over-shadowed by a hip injury and a first round exit at Queen's Club, expectations for a successful title defence or even a deep run here for Murray have been low.

This was, however, a fairly straightforward win for Murray against the young Kazakh and got his tournament going with minimal fuss.

Murray coughed up a double fault in the first game of the match to give Bublik break points, but experience told here as the young man squandered those chances.

Bublik began to showboat very early on in proceedings as he attempted a hotdog at 1-1, but Murray was unfazed by it and broke serve in the next game.

Another break soon followed at 4-1 as Murray exerted his control and seemed determined to keep the opening match as routine as possible.

With the first set soon in the bag, Murray broke again immediately at the start of the second.

Big serving stopped the rot from the Kazakh at 2-0 down as he finally held for only the second time in the match.

The watching Boris Becker described Murray as being in cruise control as he continued to build towards the win, despite the inconvenience of deuce on his serve to see off at times.

The chance to serve for the second set finally arrived and a mini-crisis suddenly appeared as Bublik fashioned three break points.

Murray, however, fought back to claim the set with a brilliant forehand thrown in along the way.

Another Murray break saw him 2-0 up in the third set before the dreaded Wimbledon rain forced a delay in proceedings.

Upon the resumption, Murray continued to pressure the big Bublik serve and broke again to march to the second round.

Murray will be pleased to have this opening encounter in the bank with little drama and will look ahead to the next match against the dangerous and unpredictable Dustin Brown.
Not the first round loss you feared, eh Joe? Wink

Good performance from Murray. It looked like he was moving well, and his shot selection was sharper than I feared it would be given his lack of court time recently.
July 03, 2017, 08:36 PM
By boogers

Thanks for the report Joe.  I was more concerned about his lack of match practice than I was about his hip, so was pleased to see that neither impacted unduly on his performance.   Bublik was so erratic though that it must have been a bit difficult for Andy to find his rhythm at times, but was probably quite a good practice for his match against Dustin, particularly as they've only met once, and that was at the 2010 USO.
July 03, 2017, 11:02 PM
By Aileen

Not the first round loss you feared, eh Joe? Wink

I didn't want you to miss out on your usual defeat report, Phil. Wink
July 04, 2017, 08:57 AM
By Joe

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