Murray eases through
Wimbledon finalist Murray cruises through Olympic first round
Last Updated: 30/07/12 9:33am
Andy Murray: Easy first round victory
Andy Murray claimed his first Olympic singles victory as a noisy Wimbledon crowd helped him see off the challenge of Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-3.
It is exactly three weeks since Murray cried on Centre Court after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, and the world number one was in Wawrinka's box to support his countryman, who is both a friend and a familiar foe of Murray.
The pair, who practised together last week, had met 10 times before, with the British number one winning six times, including a five-set epic under the roof at Wimbledon three years ago - and again the Centre Court roof was closed for their match.
Both players had begun a little tentatively, with Murray distracted by a flickering scoreboard and struggling with his footing, but he improved significantly as the set went on and served it out to love with an ace.
Things got even better for the third seed with another break at the start of the second, his fourth game in a row, and he saved a break point to make that five, and soon Murray was taking his second break point to cruise through to a second round tie with either Finn Jarkko Nieminen or Somdev Devvarman of India.
Meanwhile Novak Djokovic had to come from a set down to beat Italy's Fabio Fognini.
Heavy showers throughout the day prevented all but a couple of hours of play on any court except Centre, and Djokovic on Court One was among those badly affected.
The second seed, who carried Serbia's flag in the opening ceremony on Friday, looked uncomfortable with his footing on the grass and was tied at 7-7 in the first-set tie-break when the heavens opened again.
The match did not resume until this evening, when Djokovic promptly lost the first two points and the set, but he began the second well and in the end the slippery conditions hampered Fognini more, with one heavy fall at the start of the third leaving the Italian struggling.
Djokovic capitalised and polished off a 6-7 (7/9) 6-2 6-2 victory to set up a second-round clash with either Andy Roddick of the US or Slovakia's Martin Klizan.
Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also in a spot of bother against Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci, although he could not blame the weather as the match was played under the roof on Centre Court.
Bellucci edged the opening set on a tie-break and the second and third sets were both close but Tsonga, who has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the last two years, came through 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-4.
Fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain had a much more straightforward time against Canada's Vasek Pospisil, winning 6-4 6-4, while Japanese 15th seed Kei Nishikori defeated Australia's Bernard Tomic 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4).
The courts became increasingly slippery and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis became so unhappy with the conditions that he demanded play be stopped in his match against Go Soeda.
Play was officially called off for the night just after 8pm with only six men's matches completed all day.
There was a big surprise in the first round of the Olympic women's singles as second seed and Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges.
The rain just before the scheduled start of play on the outside courts prompted organisers to shut the roof, and that played into the hands of Goerges, who clinched a 7-5 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 win after two hours and 16 minutes.
It was a tough draw for Radwanska, who carried Poland's flag in the opening ceremony on Friday evening, with Goerges ranked 24th in the world.
The German is very powerful but has a tendency to be erratic, so the calm conditions under the roof really suited her and she hit a string of winners in taking the first set.
The second was very tight and Radwanska pulled herself level by edging the tie-break and she looked on course for victory when she went up an early break in the decider.
But Goerges levelled at 3-3 and, when her opponent served to stay in the match, she pounced, nailing a forehand return down the line for a clean winner.
Third seed Maria Sharapova was in superb form under the roof as she dispatched Israel's Shahar Peer 6-2 6-0 in an hour and five minutes.
The Russian is making her Olympic debut in London and carried her country's flag into the stadium at Friday's opening ceremony.
She was surprisingly beaten by Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round of Wimbledon, a defeat that cost her the number one ranking she had regained by winning the French Open.
A gold medal here would make Sharapova only the second woman after Steffi Graf to win a career Golden Slam, which comprises all four grand slam titles and the Olympics.
The heavy rain forced the postponement of Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong's first-round match in the Olympics women's doubles.
The pair's clash with Goerges and Anna-Lena Gronefeld was one of several put back until Monday.
Baltacha is still in the singles, and will play former world number one Ana Ivanovic next, but Keothavong is out.