Murray - Fitness is fine

Murray - Fitness is fine

Murray faces Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik at 1pm on Monday, in the opening match on Centre Court.

At times Murray limped around the baseline but luckily for the defending champion, that problem disappeared the moment the ball was in play as he easily outclassed maverick Wimbledon debutant Alexander Bublik 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round.

Murray finally got his first grass-court win of the year as he saw off the confident but inexperienced Bublik with few problems. It's a little bit stressful if you can't practice for a few days, you really want to be preparing, training as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn't had any matches.

Asked if the news would affect his performance, the 30-year-old said: 'No, I wouldn't have thought so'. Everyone is sort of saying that I'm walking that way because of my hip. "I'm not feeling any pain". I'm certainly not hurting between the points. Murray hasn't been at his best in 2017, with injuries - the latest one being a hip complaint - form and a possible lack of motivation all playing a role. "I felt good. I moved well", the top seed said.

Two more double faults from Bublik - taking his total to 11 - gave Murray another break of serve in the opening game of the third set before light rain stopped play. Apparently grass is not the best surface for my knee.

"I wouldn't have made the journey if it was ground passes only, it was for the Centre Court experience", he said.

Dustin Brown is coming off a four sets win over Joao Sousa that took 42 games to decide. "He plays a lot of unexpected shots, a lot of drop-shots, mixes his game up a lot, takes chances, tries some shots that guys may play in exhibitions-that's what I've heard". It should also be interesting to see how Bublik responds and reacts to playing on the Centre Court, which is a surreal, unique experience in itself.

Murray - Fitness is fine
Murray - Fitness is fine

However, in the early exchanges, it was Murray who found success with a couple of acute drop shots, as well as some great dexterity around the net. "He looked really good".

There was good news, too, on the personal front.

"We get on well with each other. There was time for the court to dry up before we came out again".

"I expect him to be very aggressive".

"What does worry me is that Andy is so far from looking fresh".

"But sometimes, you know, something like a rain delay, that can change the match".

You have to go back to 1939 for the last time a Briton was the No 1 men's seed at Wimbledon. He can play slice. In the victory, Brown won 78 percent of his first serve points and 66 percent of his second serve points. The world No 129 beat Jelena Jankovic, seeded No 22 at the time, in the second round previous year.



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