Stylish Murray marches into Wimbledon third round

26 June 2013 / 18:06

Andy Murray warmed up, won and was signing autographs in just over two hours as he effortlessly cruised into Wimbledon's third round.

The number two seed was rightly wary of Taipei opponent Yen-Hsun Lu, who is a previous All England Club quarter-finalist and famously beat the British number one in the first round of the 2008 Olympics.

But the world number 75 was simply no match for the home favourite, who claimed his 14th straight win on grass - after victories at last year's Olympics and this year's Queen's Club - 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.

Murray was not at his very best but he never looked like losing, winning his first service game to love to underline an efficient and imposing performance on number one court.

"I kept my concentration and served very well throughout the match and gave him very few opportunities," said Murray.

"He made it a bit tougher in the third set, so I did well get through in three sets. You can't guarantee any match is going to be easy and you need to do whatever you can to progress as easily as possible."

Murray has always said one of his biggest tennis regrets was his lacklustre display in Beijing - a wrong he righted with Olympic gold last summer.

But this was revenge served cold for Lu, whose unforced error count was a little too close to his miserable second serve statistics.

Despite an improvement from Lu in the third set, Murray polished off points with élan, whipping forehands across the court and down the line as his rival hurried, scurried and wafted his racquet at thin air.

He will now take on Spain's Tommy Robredo but his most likely quarter-final opponent, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, was forced to pull out of Wimbledon.

The number six seed, who has often seen his promising career punctuated by injuries, was trailing 2-1 to Ernests Gulbis but was clearly struggling with a knee problem and, after consulting a physio, called it quits.

Tsonga was one of multiple retirements as players struggled on seemingly slippery courts and the bottom half of the draw is looking just a little less dangerous for Murray, following Rafael Nadal's shock defeat and tenth seed Marin Cilic's retirement with another knee injury.

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