Murray Fights Past Wawrinka to get through Olympics First Round

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In the first indoor tennis match at the Olympic Games for 100 years, hometown favorite Andy Murray of Great Britain defeated Swiss no. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets.  Three weeks after his devastating loss to Roger Federer on the same court at Wimbledon, Murray looked on-point today against Wawrinka.  Both players were slow getting out of the gate, but Murray warmed up quickly to set the pace early on.  By the eighth game of the first set, the Scot managed to break his opponent’s serve and took the set 6-3.

The second set saw more of the same, with Wawrinka getting into trouble on his serve early.  Down 3-5 and on his second serve, Murray hit a solid return which the Swiss hit long, giving his opponent the match at 6-3, 6-3.  Bouncing back from a three-set loss in first round of doubles competition against Austrians Jürgen Melzer and Alexander Peya, Murray looked much better in his debut singles performance.  He will play either Jarkko Nieminen of Finland or Somdev Devvarman of India in the second round.

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