Murray makes successful start to Wimbledon defence

World No 1 Andy Murray's defence of his Wimbledon crown got under way with a straight sets victory over Alexander Bublik at the All-England Club in London on Monday.

The Scot overcame a brief rain delay to secure a straightforward 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over his Kazakh opponent, and looked in good nick despite heading into the tournament under somewhat of an injury cloud.

Murray's Wimbledon build-up was disrupted due to a hip injury but appeared to be moving well on Centre Court as he hit 29 winners during the one-hour-and-44-minute contest.

"With the adrenaline, it helps numb some pain that you might have and I moved well today," Murray told BBC Sport.

"I thought I did pretty well for the first match."

There were a few signs of discomfort for Murray, but nothing to trouble him against the inexperienced Bublik, who did not show any signs of being overawed but was nevertheless outplayed in the big moments.

Playing only his seventh Tour-level match, Bublik soon found himself behind the eight ball as Murray took the first courtesy of two breaks.

The Kazakh fired several aces, but also several double faults, and his increasingly erratic play would end up costing him dear.

Murray did slump to 0-40 while serving for the second set, but he dug his way out of trouble to establish a two-set lead.

A rain delay in the third set threatened to disrupt his rhythm, but it only served to delay the inevitable.

"I wasn't thinking about the rain too much. I felt comfortable underfoot today," said Murray.

"In the first few days, normally the court is a bit lush and can be a bit slippy, but I didn't feel like I was losing my footing at all."

Next up for Murray – who over the next two weeks will face a battle with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka to retain his World No 1 ranking – is a second-round meeting with Germany's Dustin Brown.

Also advancing on Monday afternoon was ninth seed Kei Nishikori.

The Japanese star needed just 73 minutes to dispatch Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in a totally one-sided contest.

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