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Andy Murray of the United Kingdom kept up his Wimbledon streak of never losing in the opening round with a convincing victory over James Duckworth of Australia.
Murray got off to a poor start, probably due to a recent abdominal injury, but he soon recovered his rhythm and his quality was evident. The victory occurred at 21:35 BST on Centre Court under the floodlights for the former world number one, who is currently ranked 52nd.
The 20th-seeded American John Isner will now be the opponent for the 35-year-old Scot in the second round on Wednesday. Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, said, “It feels great to be back out here again with a packed audience.
When Andy Murray revealed last Monday that he had been unable to hit some strokes, including what was believed to be the serve, he answered the concerns about his health that had been raised all week with more than a hint of skepticism.
His progress in a promising grass-court season was halted by an abdominal injury sustained in the Stuttgart final earlier this month, and he was unable to compete at Queen’s Club. However, as the week went on and he was observed smashing serves during practice sessions at Wimbledon, it became apparent that he would be fine to return to the location of his greatest victories.
Of course, the pressure of a match is different from practice, so it took him some time to settle into his serve rhythm. But once he did, Murray, the 74th-ranked player in the world, appeared to be perfectly at ease.
The injury has healed, Murray claimed, adding that “the ab felt totally great today.” This week’s additional scan revealed the same thing. Even while it wasn’t quite like Murray’s earlier performances, there were plenty of high points that pleased the adoring home crowd.
In the third set, Murray even had the chance to incorporate an underarm serve, which was unusual for him during his career, to the delight of the crowd.
The winner from 2013 and 2016—a risky unseeded floater in the draw—looks fit enough to pose challenges for more opponents this week, which was the big takeaway for those who stayed late.
Duckworth was able to carry out his anticipated strategy of playing aggressively and controlling the points thanks to Murray’s sluggish start. In the second set, Murray began to hit more first serves, which gave him the chance to swiftly reapply pressure on Duckworth.
Andy Murray only lost two points in his service games thanks to more successful first serves and complete victories in those points.
Murray cited that as a crucial element in the turnaround and noted that his game also started to improve upon his return. Since returning in May, he had only participated in eight matches, losing six of them. Adrenaline alone was never going to be sufficient to triumph in a Grand Slam five-set match.
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