• World No1 makes light of hip injury in beating Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
• Expects second-round opponent Dustin Brown ‘to be very aggressive’
Andy Murray is up and running at Wimbledon – with just a hint of a carthorse hobble – and, after an highly entertaining win against the world No135, Alexander Bublik, on Centre Court, declared himself “really positive” about defending his title. However, the man who some thought might challenge him for his No1 crown, the fifth seed, Stan Wawrinka, was knocked out in the first round by Daniil Medvedev in four sets.
“First match at a slam, there’s always a few extra nerves,” Murray said after winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 on day one in an hour and 44 minutes in which the sore hip that interrupted his preparation last week appeared to hold up under the pressure of countering a carefree young opponent who constantly switched the direction and depth of his groundstrokes.
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