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Andy Murray cruises through with fine Wimbledon display

July 1, 2016

Andy Murray showed more signs of being a potential Wimbledon champion with a superb display in his second-round match against Yen Hsun Lu.

The world number 70 from Chinese Taipei had won 11 successive matches on grass before the encounter and knocked Murray out of the 2008 Olympics, and he began by breaking the Scot's serve in the first game of the match.

However, after a flying start, Lu found himself pegged back as Murray simply went through the gears, coming from 1-3 down to take the first set 6-3 and then reeling off a series of brilliant groundstrokes, dropshots and serves to take the second set 6-2 and the third 6-1, losing just 11 points on serve in the last two sets while hitting 23 winners.

Speaking after the match, Murray said: "The first set was tough. There were a lot of close games.

"I managed to hang on at the end of the first set, settled down towards the end of the second, and was hitting the ball much better in the third and feeling more comfortable.

"If you can win matches easily it does help, because you can rest. It has been a good start.

"I will just try and do my best - work hard, keep my head down and hopefully have a good tournament."

Murray's form certainly provides high hopes that he can win the men's singles title for a second time and if the impact of Ivan Lendl continues to bear fruit, he might also be able to secure his first ATP World Tour Finals title at the O2 Arena in November, for which corporate packages are now available.

The 2013 champion now faces a third-round match against John Millman, who knocked out French 26th seed Benoit Paire.

While Murray continued his progress, Great Britain's only seed in the women's draw, Johanna Konta, was knocked out in the second round by Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

The Canadian, a finalist in 2014, was always likely to be one of the most dangerous unseeded players if she could recover her form and after a difficult 18 months in which she has tumbled down the rankings, the 22-year-old from Montreal appears to have recovered the aggression and accuracy that took her so close to the title two years ago.

Konta reflected that Bouchard's form may have dipped, but her quality remains, saying:  "She is an incredibly good player with a lot of experience."

Today's play (July 1st) features another match-up between Roger Federer and a Briton as Dan Evans takes on the seven-times winner, while there is a heavyweight clash between fourth seed and two-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who has recently returned after recovering from wrist surgery.

Evans' experience makes him the fourth British man to take on a past champion after James Ward faced Novak Djokovic in the opening match of the championships, Liam Broady faced Murray and man-of-the-moment Marcus Willis took on Roger Federer.

By Alex Brundell  

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