Murray starts latest stat-attack in style

Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:27pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - The problem for Andy Murray is that every time he arrives at Wimbledon he is saddled with erasing a statistic.

Last year he did it in the most memorable fashion, ending 77 years of hurt for success-starved British tennis by beating Novak Djokovic to win the men's singles.

Now, Murray's mission is to become the first British man to successfully defend his title since Fred Perry - 78 years ago.

He must wonder what he has to do to un-link his name from that of former British great Perry.

However, he made an emphatic start to his latest challenge on Monday with a comprehensive 6-1 6-4 7-5 defeat of lively Belgian lightweight David Goffin on Center Court.

The 27-year-old walked on court to a deafening standing ovation that evoked happy memories of his straight-sets defeat of Djokovic. Once play began, however, the third seed got straight back down to business.

Finding the grasscourt groove from the first point, Murray rattled through the first set in 28 minutes and despite being pushed harder thereafter was always in control.

"Yeah, it was nice," Murray, whose grandparents Roy and Shirley were guests in the Royal Box, said of his reception.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to David Goffin of Belgium during their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2014.     REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth