Defending champion Andy Murray said his hip ‘felt good’ as he shook off his recent injury worries on Monday to advance to the second round of Wimbledon.
World number one Murray began his campaign with a straightforward 6-1, 6-4. 6-2 win over debutant Alexander Bublik and said after the match that his hip injury didn’t affect him too much.
"My hip felt good. It's a little bit sore, but I was moving really good on the court today. You know, that's the most important thing," Murray told the post-match press conference.
"If you're in a little bit of pain, but you can still run as you normally do, that doesn't affect how you play. It's when it's affecting your movement and some of the shots that you play when it becomes a problem.
"Today, you know, certainly wasn't the case at all. So I'm really positive about that because it's the most amount of points I played in a match since obviously – since against my match against Jordan Thompson. I haven't played sets like that in practice really either. It was really positive. Hopefully feels good again tomorrow," he added.
Murray now faces Germany's Dustin Brown in round two, the same player who shocked Rafael Nadal in 2015, but the number one seed said he is looking forward to it.
"He's obviously had a big win here in the past against Rafa. Whether he respects me or not, I'm going to go out on the court, expecting to play great tennis, give it a good shot. I'll need to be ready."