Murray battles through first round match.

25 Jun 2009 by Hiland in Wimbledon 2009

andy-murrayAndy Murray battled through his first round match at Wimbledon, beating American, Robert Kendrick, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. It was clearly not the best performance that Murray has ever displayed but he did what he had to do in order to progress to the next round.

It was quite clear that Kendrick was playing above himself and it was only a matter of time until the fitness and quality of Murray got the better of the ageing American. There was a slight stutter in the showing when Murray lost a second set tie break but once he got back on course winning the third at a canter, there were no worries around centre court.

Murray will have to improve in order to reach the later stages of the tournament and he said himself that he can play better. He is also said to be very frustrated at the lack of backbone that a number of British players showed on a day when six were dumped out of all competitions in the biggest grand slam in tennis.

Murray said: “He served great for three sets and made it really difficult. I could have returned better and I didn’t quite hit my groundstrokes as well as I can – It’s disappointing, I think the depth needs to get way better. It’s not acceptable”

Speaking ahead of his next match he added: “It’s going to be difficult, he’s a big server and very aggressive.”

It was quite a contrast yesterday to the glitzy and magnificent performance that former Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, had put in the day before that. However, we can all take positives from the fact that Murray has proven that he can battle through the ugly matches and just do what he has to in order to win.

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His next match will be a lot more difficult as he will be unlikely to get away with as many miss hit shots and mistakes as he did against Kendrick. Once again the Scot should have enough quality to be able to easily beat Ernests Gulbis but he will want to take his game up another level and send out a message to the rest of the people in the competition.

What we all have to be careful of is placing too much pressure and expectation on Murray. It is easy to forget that he is still a very young man and he said himself after the match yesterday that he is just there to have a good time and beat as many people as he can. This is a very good mentality to have but he will need to be a lot more ruthless when he comes up against Federer or even Andy Roddick, who looked in superb form during his first round match.

There is no doubt that the Scot can win this but what he has to do is get a lot more rhythm and be able to pick off players in a better fashion when he is offered up a whole host of mistakes and unforced errors.


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