Easy for Murray and Broady delivers at Wimbledon

23 June 2014 / 20:18

Andy Murray started his Wimbledon defence with a straight sets victory there were certainly no complaints about the lack of drama.

There was once a time when British tennis fans expected to have their emotions shredded here at the All England Club, it was virtually included in the terms and conditions of entry, alongside the permitted size of a picnic hamper.

But there is now a sense of expectation when Murray plays now, fuelled by 14 straight wins at the All England Club, if you take into account the London 2012 Olympics, last year's Championships and Monday's first round win.

Only two players had fallen at the first hurdle of their Wimbledon title defence and Murray came through his opening examination with ease, barely leaving a scar on the pristine court as he progressed past Belgium's David Goffin, the world number 103, in just over two hours.

Murray didn't need to outmuscle him, he simply outthought him, the mental work out being more valuable at this stage of the tournament than the physical one.

"I was actually quite nervous, all the memories came flooding back and I had shift my focus from last year to this year," he said.

"I tried to take in the atmosphere and the experience of walking out on the court as the defending champion.  You never know if you'll get the chance to do it again.

"It helped that I got ahead early with a break and that helped settle me down. I thought I played very well, I hit the ball cleanly and there wasn't a time when I felt like I was mistiming ball."

But the manner of his win gives cause for confidence as he prepares to face Slovenia's Blaz Rola, a big-serving left-hander who was a straight sets winner over Spain's Pablo Andujar.

Murray has never played 6ft 4ins Rola, the world number 92, who did his own take on managing expectations by insisting his key ambition was not to 'poop my pants'.

"I don't know loads about him, but I watched him play at the French Open. James Ward played him in the last round of qualifying there and he played him at Queen's too - and won both matches," he added.

"He hasn't been on tour too long.  So I'll watch a little bit of video of him and hopefully get a better idea of his game."

Murray will be joined in the second round by British women's number four Naomi Broady - who came from a set down to beat Hungary's Timea Babos 2-6, 7-6, 6-0.

But British number three Johanna Konta lost 6-4 3-6 6-4 to China's Peng Shuai.

And James Ward, Dan Cox , Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund were also beaten in the men's singles first round.

"It's my first win at Wimbledon and it's third time lucky," said Broady, who banks a guaranteed £43,000 - the biggest cheque of her career.

"It's my first one against Timea, as well, again third time lucky because I've lost to her twice previously 7-6 in the third.  I was quite determined not to get another loss on my record.

"This is always what I wanted to do. Last year when I was looking at other things to do, it was specifically because I couldn't fund my tennis.  It was, therefore, hindering my tennis and I wasn't getting the best out of it.

"So that was really the first time I thought seriously that I was going to have to stop and I even considered becoming an au pair."

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