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Wimbledon: Murray has ball as he keeps dream alive

By Paul Newman

Andy Murray turned to horror movies to take his mind off Wimbledon but there were no nightmares for the fourth seed on Court One as he saw off the challenge of German Tobias Kamke.

The Scot was not entirely happy with his game but his serve helped him keep Kamke at arm's length throughout as he set up a third-round meeting with veteran Ivan Ljubicic.

Murray tries to keep life as normal as possible to help him deal with the pressure of being the home hope at Wimbledon, and on Tuesday night that meant watching the cult classic Scream.

After his 6-3 6-3 7-5 win over Kamke, he said: “You normally pick the one thing that will stop you thinking about tennis.

“Scream did a pretty good job of that. I did hear at the end they have Scream 2 on tonight and Scream 3 on on Thursday. Maybe I'll watch one of them.”

Having given his fans a scare by dropping the opening set against big-hitting Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round, Murray quickly set about ensuring the same did not happen again.

Kamke, 25, only broke into the top 100 last year, earning an award for ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year, so it was perhaps not surprising he began a little nervously.

Two double faults handed Murray a break in the first game, and he stepped it up to claim another at 5-3 and clinch the set.

Kamke was determined to take the match to the world number four but, having seen Murray produce a big serve to save his only break point in the seventh game of the second set, he was then promptly broken himself.

The third set was a very competitive affair, with Kamke trading blow for blow with Murray, but again a double fault proved his undoing, leaving the Scot somewhat relieved and grateful for his serve.

Murray said: “I didn't think I played that well, but I didn't get broken.

“I served well, especially when I was behind in games. It was quite windy on the court which made it tricky, and I thought he hit the ball very well from the back of the court.

“I could have returned a little bit better.

“But it was straight sets, so I've got to be pleased with that. But I've got to improve for the next match.”

There was a certain degree of surprise that Murray was scheduled on Court One rather than Centre, particularly given the poor weather forecast, but the man himself had no complaints.

“It doesn't bother me,” he said.

“I think all of the players would rather be on Centre because of the roof because you know you're going to get on, but the court's still the same.

“It's a little bit different in terms of how it looks, because now with the roof it feels very enclosed, whereas Court One seems quite open, like Centre Court used to. So that's slightly different.

“But I don't mind playing on any court: Centre, Court One, Court Six, I don't care. I just want to try to win.”

The pressure will always be squarely on Murray's shoulders at Wimbledon but the 24-year-old at least has a home supporting cast this year.

After being the only British player through to the second round in the singles 12 months ago, Murray was joined by Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong and 17-year-old Laura Robson this time. Keothavong bowed out yesterday but Baltacha and Robson remain in the tournament.

Murray said: “Any time any British players win, it's a good thing. It doesn't change my mentality or the way I go into my matches.

“If I'm looking at it in terms of British tennis, it's great.

“I think that's Laura's first win at Wimbledon. She's struggled a little bit this year with some injuries, so that will be a big win for her, a good confidence boost.

“Elena's done well the last few years. She's established herself in the top 100, and she deserves to be here. So it's good.”

Andy Roddick, who has reached three previous Wimbledon finals, crushed Victor Hanescu on Centre Court 6-4 6-3 6-4.

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