World No. 1 Andy Murray proves fitness, marches into second round of Wimbledon

Andy Murray, who is expected to become a father for the second time, celebrated in style as he stormed into the second round of Wimbledon 2017 with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Alexander Bublik.

tennis Updated: Jul 03, 2017 21:00 IST
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Andy Murray stormed into the second round of the Wimbledon 2017 championship as he defeated Alexander Bublik in straight sets.(AFP)

Defending champion Andy Murray celebrated the news that he’s about to become a father again by reaching the Wimbledon second round Monday as fellow two-time winner Rafael Nadal aimed to clinch the 850th win of his career.

Top seed and world number one Murray downed Kazakh lucky loser Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, shrugging off two brief rain delays and showing little sign of the hip problem which had plagued him in the build-up.

“I have felt OK the last few days and the adrenaline you feel by playing a match numbs any pain you may have,” said the British star after seeing off world number 134 Bublik who was making his grass court debut.

“Bublik is a bit of a character. He’s a bit different from other players, tries different shots and the crowd enjoyed the way he plays.”

Murray, whose baby daughter Sophia was born last year, next faces Dustin Brown, the man who knocked out Nadal two years ago.

German world number 97 Brown came back from a set and a break down to beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 20:59 IST