Andy Murray Mania Gathers Pace as Davydenko is Crushed
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Andy Murray produced a scintillating 92 minutes of tennis to crush Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-1 6-4 on Centre Court. The Russian, who had questioned the legitimacy of Murray’s injuries in the past, had no answer to the Scot’s huge serve and pinpoint forehand. He rallied in the third set, possibly out of embarrassment as much as anything else, but finished the game without even a single shot at break point. The match was his first victory on grass this year, and he has immediately set his sights on his next opponent, most likely to be Croatian Ivo Karlovic. “I’ve got to be ready for the next match, potentially against Karlovic; there’s very little rhythm in a match like that” said the number four seed.
World number two Rafael Nadal recovered from a poor start to beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 6-3 in his opening round match. Nadal found himself 4-0 down after a series of forehands from the world number 80, but quickly recovered, and after taking the first set, always had the match under control. A potential quarter final opponent for Nadal is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. Australia is without a representative in the second round for the first time since 1938. Twelfth seed Nicolas Almagro is through to the next round after a five set victory, while former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is also safely through. Spaniard David Ferrer will resume his match against Germany’s Dustin Brown today after play was suspended yesterday. He leads the encounter by two sets to love.
Serena Williams ensured she did not follow the path of her sister, and convincingly beat Barbara Zahlavova 6-2 6-4. The number six seed set down a marker for the tournament and will be eager to add to her four previous victories at the All-England Club. Defending champion joined her in round two, her straight sets victory setting up a clash with Britain’s Elena Baltacha. World number two Victoria Azarenka breezed past Irina Falconi, while fellow seeds Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli also secured their passage through to the next round. However two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova is out, losing 6-2 6-3 to Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer. Local interest will be heightened with Anne Keothavong’s victory, though Laura Robson was defeated in three sets by former French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone.
The pick of today’s action sees Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both looking to advance to round three, while Caroline Wozniacki opens her tournament against Tamira Paszek. Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova are also in action in round two.