Wimbledon: Andy Murray beats Lu Yen-hsun in straight-sets to reach round three
By Joe Drabble - @SkySportsDrabs. Last Updated: 27/06/13 9:24am
Andy Murray: Remains on course at SW19
British hope Andy Murray is safely into round three of Wimbledon after overcoming unseeded Lu Yen-hsun 6-3 6-3 7-5 on Court One on Wednesday.
The world No 2 produced a professional display against his Chinese Taipei counterpart and his reward is a third round date with Spanish 32nd seed Tommy Robredo.
Murray's prospects of landing a major Wimbledon title improved while he was on court when potential quarter-final opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out of the tournament due to injury.
Sixth-seeded Tsonga defeated seven-time champion Roger Federer at the All England Club two years ago but retired when trailing Ernests Gulbis 6-3 3-6 3-6 in their second round clash, citing a knee injury.
Murray lost to Lu in the first round of the Beijing Olympics back in 2008 and was forced to fend off three early break points before claiming the solitary break of the opening set in the sixth game.
An ace handed the Scot first blood and he cranked his level up a notch in the second set, threatening to break each of Lu's service games, before doing so at the third time of asking in the ninth game courtesy of a double fault.
Murray's last defeat on grass came in the Wimbledon final last year against Roger Federer, with the Scot winning 12 matches on the surface since before today, a record he improved.
Lu had beaten James Ward in the first round to scupper thoughts of a rare all-British clash, but he had nothing with which to hurt Murray.
The second seed forced a break point in the sixth game of the third set, and showed just how much he wanted every point by whacking his foot in frustration when Lu's shot trickled off the top of the net.
The world number 75, who beat Andy Roddick here to reach the quarter-finals three years ago, eventually came through a very long game, and threatened to force a tie-break with the score at 5-5 in the third.
Murray had other ideas, though, and produced arguably his best game of the match to break and book his place in the last 32.