Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray ease through into Wimbledon second round
Andy Murray cruised into the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday by brushing aside Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.
On a day when Petra Kvitova and Rafael Nadal both had poor starts before recovering for victories on Centre Court, Murray took control from the start and never looked back against the former third-ranked Russian. Murray broke Davydenko six times and never dropped his own serve.
As always, Murray is facing high expectations from the home crowd that he can become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
Davydenko lost in the first round for the second year in a row.
Rafael Nadal lost the first four games of his first-round match at Wimbledon before turning things around against Thomaz Bellucci, beating the Brazilian 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3.
Just like defending women's champion Petra Kvitova in the match before him, Nadal had a shaky start on Centre Court. He was two points away from going down 5-0 in the first set, but Bellucci netted an overhead backhand at 30-15 and Nadal went on to break for 4-1 to start the comeback. He won the next three games to make it 4-4 and Bellucci then self-destructed in the tiebreaker, making several unforced errors.
The two-time champion was hardly troubled after that and served out the match with an ace.