Under the watchful eye of his new coach Amélie Mauresmo, Andy Murray successfully began his campaign for a second consecutive crown at the Wimbledon Championships. Following his first grass court victory since winning the title last season, Murray is now scheduled to face Blaz Rola in the second round of the tournament. This is the first time these two competitors cross paths on the professional tour and will likely be another match with minimal fuss for the defending champion.
British No. 1 Andy Murray returned to Wimbledon, not as an aspiring champion, but as a hero amongst the British fans. His opening match did not disappoint those in attendance, as he looked sharp and focused from his first service game. Murray quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead before Goffin found his way onto the scoreboard for 3-1. It would be his only game in the opening set, as Murray swooped in and took the following three games for 6-1.
The second set was a tighter affair, as Goffin began with a service hold before Murray once again took three consecutive games. From then on, Goffin would hold onto his serve for the rest of the set, but would be unable to threaten Murray, thus losing the second frame 6-4. The youngster got even better in the final set, as he managed to stay on serve against Murray through ten games, eventually dropping serve at 5-5 to give Murray – to the delight of the crowd- the win. His only trouble came during his final service game, where he was down 0-30 before rebounding to win the following four points.
Ohio-state university graduate Blaz Rola set up his dream match-up with Andy Murray following a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 win against Pablo Andujar on Court Five. It was a fairly straightforward victory for Rola, who hit 35 winners to Andujar’s 6.
“I don’t think I actually realize where I am going to play,” said Rola. “I am going to walk up that stand and see how many people are actually watching this because I actually really never stepped on the Centre Court here. Nothing can prepare me for this. “Hopefully I don’t poop my pants and don’t play well. It would be a very, very big shock (if I could win).”
This marks the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and should be a contest that heavily favours the Scot. Rola will be faced with the task of playing on Center Court for the first time, playing the reigning Wimbledon champion, and facing him in front of his adoring fans. That is a combination that should leave any inexperienced competitor in a nervous wreck, and it will be interesting to see how Rola reacts to the moment.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets