Murray thwarts American challenge

By Stewart Primrose

Andy Murray made a winning start as he bids to win his first Grand Slam and Wimbledon title.

The Scot won in four sets, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, but had to endure a scare as his opponent Robert Kendrick took the second set and threatened throughout their encounter.

Murray battles through
Murray battles through

Kendrick, ranked 76 in the world, strengthened as the match went on and with his big, powerful forehand won an impressive tie break to level matters up.

Murray, who looked  passive throughout, improved in the third set, which was epitomised with some impressive serves.  He managed to take the set fairly comfortably and this was repeated in the fourth and final set.

In truth Murray did not play great, but did not need to and his performance was solid and good enough to beat an inspired opponent. He will have to up his game as the tournament goes on, but it is clear to see he does have a few extra gears he can move up to. In any case, you do not want to play your best tennis at the start. It is all about timing it and hopefully this can happen a week on Sunday in the final.

Murray now plays Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who is ranked 74th in the world.