Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Tennis

Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray is thrilled to crank up the power

Andy cruises into third round with minimal fuss and insists success of other Britons won't be a distraction

By Paul Newman

Published 01/07/2016

Full flow: Andy Murray smashes in a serve during his victory over Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round of Wimbledon
Full flow: Andy Murray smashes in a serve during his victory over Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round of Wimbledon

It makes a change for Andy Murray not to be the focus of British attention here. The giant-killing exploits of Marcus Willis, Dan Evans and Tara Moore have occupied just as many headlines in the first four days at the All England Club, but it will be only a matter of time before Britain's focus returns to the World No.2.

Murray maintained his record of never failing to reach the third round at his home Grand Slam when he crushed Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-2 6-1 in just an hour and 40 minutes.

After a patchy start, the 29-year-old Scot produced some sparkling tennis to earn a meeting with Australia's John Millman, who lost his only previous encounter with Murray at his home tournament three years ago.

From 3-1 down in the opening set, Murray won 17 of the last 20 games to secure his victory. Having also beaten Liam Broady in straight sets in the first round, Murray has achieved his aim of making smoother passage through the first two rounds than he had at the French Open, where he was taken to five sets in successive matches.

If victory over an opponent ranked 74 places beneath him was expected, Murray knew that Lu was not an opponent to be treated lightly. The 32-year-old from Taiwan is a proven performer on grass and had won his previous 11 matches on the surface.

Lu's confidence was evident in the first game. With Murray serving at 15-30, Lu chased down a drop shot to hit a forehand winner and then converted the subsequent break point. When he went on to hold his own serve to go 2-0 up, you could hear a collective drawing of breath around Centre Court.

Before long, though, normal service was resumed. Murray broke back to level at 3-3 and again two games later as Lu hit a forehand long. Lu had two break points in the following game but was unable to prevent Murray serving out.

It had not taken long for the momentum to shift and Murray ensured it would not swing away when he broke in the opening game of the second set. Another break in the seventh game underlined the Scot's growing domination and Lu won only 12 points in the third set, which Murray took in just 25 minutes.

"I think I played well in the second and third sets," Murray said afterwards. "The first was tough. Both of us had chances, there were a lot of deuce games. Once I got that and got an early break in the second, I started to settle down. I finished the match really well."

Murray said the fact that other British players had deflected attention away from him had not had any effect on his own fortunes.

"I've played here a number of times, sometimes when there's been big competitions going on elsewhere in different sports, sometimes when some of the other Brits have made deep runs as well," he said.

"It makes zero difference to me, how I perform and how I play. When the attention's been on me, I've played well. When it hasn't, I've also played well. I think it makes no difference."

Millman, Murray's next opponent, reached the third round for the first time by beating France's Benoit Paire, the No. 26 seed, 7-6 6-3 4-6 6-2.

Looking ahead to his meeting with Murray, the World No. 67 said: "You dream of playing on the biggest courts against the biggest players. I feel as if I deserve to be there."

The 27-year-old Australian learned just before his victory that he had been selected to represent his country at the Olympics this summer, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic having made themselves unavailable.

"It means the world to me to be able to represent my country at the Games," Millman said. "I'm buzzing for that."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph