Roger Federer needed just seventy minutes to dispose of Victor Hanescu. The defending champion was outstanding, dropping just seven points on serve all match. An early break set the tone as Federer made light work of his Romanian opponent to take the first quickly.
Despite the gulf in class, Federer was hitting sweetly and it showed in his unforced errors count of just 6. In the second set, he rushed into a *3-0 lead, securing the break with a forehand down the line. An ace closed out the set as the match neared the hour mark. Federer was off the court 20 minutes later, taking his opponent apart in the third. After breaking for a third time, Federer ended the match with a service winner to make an emphatic opening statement, albeit against a far far inferior opponent.
After defeating Benjamin Becker on his way to taking the Queens’ title, Andy Murray repeated the trick in the first round with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over the German. A blip midway through the first set where he dropped three games in a row was all the danger Murray saw as he broke in the tenth game of the set to take a 1-0 lead. Two Becker break points came and went on the Murray serve in the opening game of the first set and they would be the last the German saw. At 4-3 up, a forehand pass was too strong for Becker who netted to give Murray the break before serving it out with ease.
A backhand winner sealed a love break to start the third to give Murray complete control. He was dropping little on serve but earned the insurance break anyway to lead *5-2 but it wouldn’t be needed as Murray took the match at the second time of asking with a cross court forehand winner.
While Murray advanced, there was no such luck for the other Brits. Jerzy Janowicz was a class above Kyle Edmund, defeating the youngster in straight sets 6-2 6-2 6-4 while James Ward will be disappointed to have crashed out to Yen Hsun Lu. After splitting the first two sets, Ward had seven set points to take a 2-1 lead but couldn’t convert eventually losing in an epic tiebreak 13-11. The fourth was similar as Ward failed to convert vital break chances before losing in the tiebreak once more as Lu completed a 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-6 victory.
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