Mighty Murray lifts Wimbledon gloom

Not many sports events can turn to a knight of the realm to lift the gloom but Wimbledon’s rainy Tuesday was saved by a virtuoso performance from Sir Andy Murray which had Centre Court cooing in pleasure.

A classic battle of Britain it wasn’t, as opponent Ryan Peniston failed to live up to the occasion, but Murray – who has revelled in National Treasure status since famously ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a home men’s singles champion in 2013 – played his part to perfection, winning 6-3 6-0 6-1.

“Obviously it is amazing to be back here on centre court,” said former world number one and twice Wimbledon champion Murray after his first-round victory.

“I started off the match quite nervously. I wanted to play well … and once I got the break in that first set, I played some great tennis.”

Few would disagree.

Gracefully patrolling the baseline in a fashion which made a mockery of his multiple hip surgeries, the 36-year-old Scot peppered Centre Court with winners in a two-hour masterclass which left world number 268 Peniston a mere spectator for large chunks of the contest.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt physically this good coming into Wimbledon,” Murray said.

“So I am hoping I am fit and ready for a good run,” he added, as the Centre Court whooped and cheered.

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