Wimbledon: Andy Murray defeats Benjamin Becker in straight sets to reach round two

Last Updated: 24/06/13 10:59pm

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Andy Murray: Eased past Benjamin Becker on opening day of Wimbledon

Andy Murray: Eased past Benjamin Becker on opening day of Wimbledon

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Andy Murray safely progressed to the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over Benjamin Becker on Centre Court.

The British No 1 was broken once in the opening set but otherwise completely overwhelmed his German opponent as he completed the victory in an hour and 52 minutes.

The success, which sets up a clash with Yen-hsun Lu, means he has surpassed Fred Perry's British men's record total of 106 match victories in grand slam tournaments.

The second seed, who won on the grass at the Queen's Club just over a week ago, looked completely comfortable on the surface as he broke for a 3-1 lead in the first set.

He had two points to make it 5-1 but could not take either and subsequently dropped serve as Becker clawed his way back into the set at 4-4.

But the home favourite upped his level again to force two set points, taking the second and the set 6-4 when Becker scrambled a backhand wide.


The second set went with serve to start with but Becker's resistance cracked in the eighth game as a wild backhand gave Murray a 5-3 lead, and he clinched the set in the following game.

There were no wobbles from Murray in the third set as he began with a break of the Becker serve to well and truly kill off the contest.

Indeed the most intriguing moment of the set came at one of the change of ends as the crowd were made aware of Rafael Nadal's stunning defeat to Steve Darcis, with Murray keeping a straight face as he sat in his chair.

Becker battled on gamely to save two break points in the seventh game but could not fend off a third as a shanked forehand left Murray serving for the match.

The US Open champion's forehand had been particularly impressive and another winner, his 38th of the match, ensured that he went through without coming close to top gear.

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