The world number one's preparation had been overshadowed by a hip injury which caused him discomfort during practice, but he showed few ill-effects when it came to the real deal in front of a partisan Centre Court crowd.
The world number one needed just an hour and 43 minutes to see off the 20-year-old 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Second seed Simona Halep also raced through to the second round with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over New Zealander Marina Erakovic.
Britain's Andy Murray was due to open center court action at the grasscourt grand slam with a match against Kazakh qualifier Alexander Bublik this afternoon. Murray has the experience of already playing as a defending champion of this trophy at the 2014 Wimbledon and should have grown accustomed to that particular sensation. 'My father texted me: You're playing Andy Murray, first round.
"I live it for the whole season and try to really perform the best that I can in every event that I enter". I moved quite well. "The first round's never easy at any tournament but hopefully Andy can get off to a good start, he can play well, his body can feel good and he can build from there". There's not a lot of rhythm. "If I wasn't nervous or didn't feel any pressure, then I'd be very anxious".
"I hadn't been able to do as much as I would have liked in the build-up".
"I kind of knew I was in trouble".
"So it was really positive".
"He said, Yeah, I think I'm only on about 10 right now".
When asked by the BBC if he would find the Centre Court experience against Murray intimidating, he said: "It's attractive".
Asked about his limp between points, he added: "Whether it's something that's just happened. like, subconsciously, my hip's been sore, I have no idea".
This match is live on few websites and I am sure that they all are going to update live. He served only 12 double faults on Monday.
The 37-year-old five-time champion arrived in London facing a wrongful death suit after she was involved in a fatal auto crash in Florida. If I feel like I am today, I'd be delighted and have no issues getting through. "Just had a little chat".
Murray will now face German Dustin Brown in the second round.
Not even two short rain breaks could throw Murray off his rhythm as he punched groundstrokes to the corners, served sublimely and overpowered his opponent. He's a great mover and great to watch.
"I know Dustin pretty well". We get on well.
"I expect him to be very aggressive and I think he'll go for his shots".
Four tennis balls were put in separate bowls, one for each of the four top seeded men.
"I need to figure out exactly what's the problem now, what I'm going to do, and come back on the tennis court when I am feeling without any pain".