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Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray's Strong Start Gives Brits Hope of Title

Andy Murray needed just 92 minutes to win his first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Andy Murray needed just 92 minutes to win his first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Kevin MerfeldContributor IJune 26, 2012

The last male Brit to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936. Wimbledon was televised for the first time the following year.

Scotland's Andy Murray will be on television at least one more time at the All England Club after his 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 dusting of former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the first round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Murray needed just 92 minutes in an efficient, energy-conserving effort. Murray, the world's No. 4 player, has never reached the Wimbledon Finals—and admitted that he can certainly feel the weight of what's at stake.

But it didn't show during Tuesday's performance. Murray had 27 winners and just six unforced errors.

"The last couple of weeks have been hard," Murray said. "I’ve been desperate to get going because there’s so much talk. It’s never easy playing in the first round at Wimbledon, but it was a good start."

Murray joins the rest of the Big Four (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer) in advancing to the second round.

The second-seeded Nadal needed two hours and 15 minutes to fend off Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci on Tuesday, falling behind 4-0 in the first set before rallying for a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.

“I served well at the beginning and I made more mistakes than usual,” Nadal said. “I was lucky to come back to win the opening set after being 4-0 down.”

No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dispatched former world No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt, thanks to 21 aces, with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win.

In the women's draw, Serena Williams avoided the fate of her sister Venus and beat Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in 6-2, 6-4. Defending champ Petra Kvitova won 6-4, 6-4 over Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova.

Ex-No. 1 Victoria Azarenka cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Irina Falconi, while former French Open champion and No. 24 seed Francesca Schiavone squashed an upset bid by home-crowd favorite Laura Robson with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win.

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