WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 – What’s all the fuss about Britain’s Andy Murray? Only that the 2013 Wimbledon Champ is the first Brit to take men’s singles since Fred Perry held the title in 1934, 1935, and 1936.
Day one for Wimbledon 2014 has reigning champion Andy Murray (27) walking out to a standing ovation before defeating Belgian David Goffin (23) 6-1, 6-4 and 7-5. Murray is being spoken of in the same terms as tennis legends such as American Peter Sampras, Wimbledon Champion 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1988.
Bjorn Borg of Sweden was winner in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980 and Roger Federer of Switzerland ruled Wimbledon men’s singles in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2012.
That is a lot of pressure for the champ.
“I was nervous this morning and I was nervous last night, but once you sit down on the chair it’s time to get on with this year,” Murray told BBC Sport.
It was on the hottest day of the 2013 games when Murray stepped in front of millions to win against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and return the Wimbledon cup to Great Britain.
Where they want to see it stay f The rivalry between Murray and Djokovic reaches back over twenty matches to the 2006 Madrid Masters round, with Djokovic leading overall 12-8. In their nine tour finals match ups, including four Grand Slams, the edge is to Murray 5-4.
At the 2013 Wimbledon Championship, Murray took the cup in straight sets. Murray’s Monday defense of his title was nothing less than perfect, despite the nerves he spoke of before the match.
Murray was seeded at third, adding to the pressure created by health issues that had him undergoing back surgery. Murray was able to place 71% of his 1st serves against Goffin, compared to last year’s match against Djokovic where he made 65% of his first serves, winning 79% of the points throughout the tournament.
Goffin, ranked 105 in the world with only three tour-level wins on a grass court. A second set drop serve started move the player from any semblance of offense to a complete defensive stance as he south to limit damage. Murray’s response, an ace down the court middle, showed the crowd he came to play a game that would be relentless. Murray told BBC Sport:
“I thought it was a very high standard match. I was glad to finish it in three. Sometimes you can win in three sets and not play that well, but I’m pleased with the way I struck the ball.”
Murray’s next round will be on Wednesday when he will play Slovenian Blaz Rola. Monday’s upsets had Rafel Nadal losing in the first round and Switzerland’s Roger Federer losing in the second. Men’s results for Monday June 23 can be found at BBC.Com