LONDON, June 30, 2016
Andy Murray remained untroubled on Day 4 of the All England Championships in Wimbledon, emerging victorious from his second round encounter with Yen-Hsun Lu. The latter underwent right elbow surgery in January and missed the first four months of the season but returned in May and has come to London with an 11-match-winning-streak on grass.
Murray, however, was in total control of the match, breaking his opponent’s serve seven times to secure a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 victory in one hour and 40 minutes.
“I managed to hang on at the end of the first set, settled down towards the end of the second, and was hitting the ball much better in third and feeling more comfortable. If you can win matches easily it does help because you can rest. It has been a good start. I will just try and do my best – work hard, keep my head down and hopefully have a good tournament,” Murray was pleased with his performance, taking on John Millman next. The Australian knocked off 26th seed Benoit Paire 7-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
“I will just try and do my best – work hard, keep my head down and hopefully have a good tournament,” the tournament’s number two added.
Bernard Tomic celebrated his 150th tour-level match-win with a 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 victory over qualifier Radu Albot, who recorded his first Grand Slam singles match win. The 19th seed from Australia fired 21 aces, winning 74% of his first service points. Tomic stroke 66 winners to prevail in two hours and 50 minutes.
“I wasn’t expecting the guy to play as good as he played,” Tomic said. “I think he really loved my ball. He was so used to my ball, and he was ready for everything. It was tough for me, because there are not many players on tour that like my tennis and my game. For him, it felt okay and he was dealing with it fine.
“I had to change up stuff, had to do stuff differently. He was playing quality tennis out there. Full credit to him for having an amazing (qualifying) run and winning a match here.” He will next take on Roberto Bautista-Agut.
Five former Wimbledon junior champions were also in second round action. 2000 boys’ champion Nicolas Mahut upset the tournament’s number 13 David Ferrer, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. The 34-year-old Frenchman, who captured the title of the Ricoh Open in s’Hertogenbosch, hit 44 winners to secure victory in one hour and 57 minutes. Mahut will next take on 11th seed David Goffin. The Belgian ousted Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-0, 6-3.
16th seed Gilles Simon fell to 2008 Wimbledon junior’s champion Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-7, 6-3, 4-6. The Bulgarian youngster capitalized on four of his 12 break point chances to set a third round clash with Steve Johnson. The Aegon Open champion beat 2005 boys’ champion Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
2009 champion Andrey Kuznetsov dismissed 2001 boys’s finalist Gilles Muller with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory. The 25-year-old Russian sent down 11 aces, winning 84% of his first service points to prevail in one hour and 43 minutes. 2007 victor Donald Young still had to play his opening match, winning 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 over Leonardo Mayer in two hours and 52 minutes.