Scotland’s Andy Murray off to winning start at Wimbledon

YOU'VE GOT TO HAND IT TO MURRAY: Andy Murray waves to the crowd after defeating Belgium's David Goffin
YOU'VE GOT TO HAND IT TO MURRAY: Andy Murray waves to the crowd after defeating Belgium's David Goffin
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WIMBLEDON champion Andy Murray was impressively back to business at the All England Club as he booked a place in the second round with a straight-sets win over Belgian David Goffin.

The British number one delighted a packed Centre Court with a 6-1 6-4 7-5 victory in just over two hours.

Murray, who will face Slovenian Blaz Rola next on Wednesday, suffered pre-match butterflies on returning to the scene of last summer’s triumph - which ended a 77-year wait for a home-grown champion - but they were soon put aside once the action got under way.

“I was pretty nervous before the match. Then when you are walking to the court, I have a lot of memories obviously from last year,” said the Scot, now coached by former women’s world number one Amelie Mauresmo.

“I think the crowd was pretty much full from the start, and I enjoyed it for the walk to the chair. Then when I sat down, it was time to get on with business.”

Rola, meanwhile, admits he does not know what to expect when he takes on Murray, in what could be a Centre Court debut.

After Murray set the early standard, top seed Novak Djokovic looked just as impressive if not even more so as he brushed aside Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

After taking the first two sets 6-0 and 6-1 in just 47 minutes, the Serbian - beaten by Murray in the final here last year - was at least stretched by the world number 56, before closing out the match 6-4 in the third.

“Coming into Wimbledon with no official matches (on grass), it always gives you an extra reason to get that commitment and focus from the start and try to play as best as you can. That is what I did and I am very, very pleased with my performance overall,” said Djokovic, beaten in the final of the French Open by Rafael Nadal barely two weeks ago.

The world number two will next face Radek Stepanek after the Czech knocked out Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2 6-4 6-4.

Elsewhere, Queen’s Club champion Grigor Dimitrov maintained the momentum from his Aegon Championships victory with a 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 6-2 win over American Ryan Harrison.

The 11th-seeded Bulgarian, boyfriend of 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, is a dark horse to challenge for Murray’s crown.

However, the 23-year-old, who next faces Luke Saville of Australia, will take the tournament one step at a time.

“I just won my first match, so I think we are really early on of talking that way, but I think everything is possible,” Dimitrov said.

Seventh seed David Ferrer recorded a 6-0 6-7 (7/3) 6-1 6-1 win over fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta.

Marin Cilic, the 26th seed Croatian coached by former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, defeated Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4 6-7 (7/2) 6-2 6-1.

However, 18th seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco lost to Marinko Matosevic of Australia, the 2013 Wimbledon quarter-finalist going out in four sets.

On Court Two, sixth seed Tomas Berdych came back from losing the first set to beat Victor Hanescu of Romania in four, while Ernests Gulbis, the 12th seed from Latvia, overcame Estonian Jurgen Zopp 7-6 (9/7) 7-5 7-6 (12/10).

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 14th seed, was left frustrated by heavy late-evening rain as the Frenchman prepared to serve for the match in an epic clash against Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Tsonga was 6-1 3-6 3-6 6-2 5-4 in front when ominous dark clouds over south-west London delivered the downpour that brought play to a halt for the day