Andy Murray stays on track at Wimbledon

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray was happy to step up a gear as he continued a pleasingly low-key start to his Wimbledon campaign.

After beating compatriot Liam Broady in the first round, Murray won 17 of the last 20 games in a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory over Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei.

Ranked 76, Lu came into the match on an 11-match winning streak after clinching Challenger titles in Surbiton and Ilkley and showed his confidence by breaking Murray’s serve in the opening game.

But once the world number two got the break back in the sixth game, he never looked in any danger and by the third set was playing some of his best tennis.

The drop shot worked particularly well for Murray and he broke the serve of Lu, a quarter-finalist here in 2010, seven times.

Murray began the tournament determined to conserve energy for the tougher challenges ahead, and he said: “I think the second and third sets, I played well.

“The first set was a tough set. Both of us had a bunch of chances, a lot of deuce games. Once I got that, got an early break in the second, I started to settle down, played better tennis. I finished the match really well.

“I’ve started well here quite a few times over the years. I don’t know if this is the best one or not. But today was, for sure, a good match, an improvement from the first round, against a guy who has won a lot of matches on the grass recently.

“I was just happy that I improved as the match went on. Hopefully I start the next match like I finished this one, keep it going.”

Murray has been well and truly overshadowed by world number 772 Marcus Willis during the first week, while British number four Dan Evans now takes on Roger Federer.

Having the spotlight lifted a little off him is surely welcome, but Murray said: “I don’t think it changes anything in my mind really.

“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.

“But it makes absolutely zero difference to me, how I perform and how I play. When the attention’s been on me a lot, I’ve played well. When it hasn’t, I’ve also played well.”

Willis’ fairytale run, involving seven wins in pre-qualifying, qualifying and the main draw, came to an end on Wednesday when he was beaten on Centre Court by Roger Federer.

Murray had been following the story as closely as anyone and watched all of the match.

“I think he played very well in the second and third sets,” said the Scot.

“I think the start of the match, I don’t think he started so well. I think everything that had gone on, it was still a bit of, I don’t know, a joke. He was just laughing the whole time at the beginning.

“Once he actually got his mind on the match and focused on the tennis, he played some really, really good stuff.

“He actually had a little chance at the end of the third set.

“I don’t know what he thought of the match. But I thought he did well for his first time playing near this level.”