Updated: 26/06/2012 20:00 | By pa.press.net

Murray brushes Davydenko aside



Andy Murray (© pictured)

Andy Murray (pictured) showed no remorse in his straight-sets win over Nikolay Davydenko

Andy Murray put on a devastating display of grass-court tennis to hammer Nikolay Davydenko and race into the second round of Wimbledon.

The fourth seed was in rare form and did not make a single unforced error in the first two sets as he breezed past Davydenko, a former world number three, 6-1 6-1 6-4 under grey skies on Centre Court.

Murray looked in great shape from the start and, although he could not quite sustain his level in the third set, it was more than good enough to set up a clash with either Croatian Ivo Karlovic or Dudi Sela of Israel.

Expectations seemed a little lower regarding Murray's title chances this year, but he was quickly on the offensive. Davydenko saved a break point in the opening game but Murray threatened again at 1-1 and this time his opponent drilled a backhand wide.

Murray had not won a match on grass in the build-up but he has been hitting the ball well and he showed that with a couple of searing cross-court forehand winners in the fifth game, and another down the line gave him a second break.

The world number four looked rock solid, making very few unforced errors, and he made it six games in a row when Davydenko sent a forehand wide.

A brilliant forehand winner down the line gave him a 2-0 lead in the second set. The Scot was doing everything well but his backhand slice was particularly effective and was causing Davydenko all sorts of problems.

The Russian stopped the rot after nine straight games but he was being thoroughly outplayed and more punch from the Murray forehand helped him to another break and the second set 6-1.

He broke again at the start of the third but Davydenko, who won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals the first year it was held in London in 2009, was determined to at least restore some pride and he staved off yet more break points in the fifth game.

There was no stopping Murray, though. Davydenko saved two match points to at least make the British number one serve for it, which he managed with aplomb, clinching victory after an hour and 34 minutes when the Russian fired a return long.

75Comments
26/06/2012 20:23
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Well done Andy.

All those Murray haters, like buttford and cleo the prat, who promised he would be out in the first round have had to eat their words.

Also congrats to Ward and Baltacha on winning today. Good luck to all three for the next round.

26/06/2012 20:17
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well played Andy and also well done James Ward and Elena Baltacha. I know you were playing an old bald guy Andy but he was No 3 in the world at one time so he is no mug.
26/06/2012 21:15
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I just wish our press would leave him alone to get on with it.. They apply so much pressure at times.

 

Well done and good luck Andy

26/06/2012 21:39
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This was the comment that "Cleo the prat" posted on another thread

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"This Russian guy could send his mother in against haggis breath and still give him a good hiding, that's just how crap he is. Not to mention over rated and a Jock...!"

 

Proving beyond any shadow of doubt that "Cleo the prat" is a complete brainless MORON

He should stick to watching CBBC it's more suited to his mentality.

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the trolls are coming out of the woodwork again first england out and both ashleys get ripped and now it's murray get a life you sad bastards
26/06/2012 23:44
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To all the anti Scottish posters on here! I have never read so much twaddle. NO we don't hate the English. No we do NOT jump up and down at every English fatality!
The problem lies directly at the door of the media and how they manage to stir up hostility. It`s not only the Scots who detest the "overkill" whenever an English team/ sports person etc takes part in a competition or whatever, but the rest of the non English countries too. Wether it be Scotland,Wales, N Ireland or the rest of the World! Arrogance does NOT make friends.

26/06/2012 22:58
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Perspective required. Unlike the English, we as Scots celebrate victories as they  come. THEN look to the next hurdle. Do your best. If at least you can show you tried then no harm in defeat.
 According to the English Press, the English footie team have already won the next World Cup! Oh how I smile a wry smile.
 Reading back,though the obviously Anti Scots comments only underline the insecurities of the English.
27/06/2012 03:22
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No such thing as pure bred, English, Irish, Scots or Welsh (I'm a bit of all).  Those that want to go their own way, are welcome, those that don't are welcome to stay. I regard Murray as British and that's how I support
26/06/2012 23:42
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FANTASTIC GAME WELL DONE GOOD LUCK .
27/06/2012 04:27
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well dun .....Andy keep it up for the final
27/06/2012 00:59
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Michael. It all kicked off in 2010 when he was asked which team he`d support in the World Cup. He answered truthfully as a Scot by saying "Any Team who plays England." . An honest response.
 I spent a "few" years in HM Forces, and I can say they were the best days of my life. And guess what? NOT ONE OF US of whatever nationality colour or creed disagreed about where we came from. Banter yes, but phobic comments? Never.
26/06/2012 20:38
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Yes Chris I watched Nadal. His first round score was almost as good as Murray's. but not quite.
26/06/2012 20:36
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Looked good.Hopefully a new and improved.
26/06/2012 23:26
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Someone. Please explain your comment.
 Once again a Sports comment page is being hijacked by bigots. Tennis is tennis. Lets leave it at that.
 By the way "Bottle" surely applies to the English penalty takers also?
27/06/2012 00:40
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The Scots the Irish the Welsh all get on fine, the reason they are not so fond of the English is arrogance, they think the United Kingdom is just ENGLAND !!!!! I supported Tim Henman when he played and lets face it he couldn't lace murray's tennis shoes when it comes to talent but he always got total support down in England when he played Murray on the other hand is a different story some of the things said and written about him down there are a disgrace and it would be a different story if he was English they  would be wetting themselves if they produced an English tennis player as good as murray !! Although the did produce the mighty ANDREW CASTLE !!!!!
27/06/2012 02:08
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Murray can totally do this.  All we need is the full nation to believe so.  Stop being so negative.  Murray CAN DO IT! C'mon the grumpy Scot :)

26/06/2012 22:43
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A few dimwits on here who need a history lesson
27/06/2012 08:07
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Well done Andy, a good start. Good luck in the next round and keep the focus. Well done to Jamie, Heather and Elena. Look forward to seeing you in the next round. 
26/06/2012 23:33
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I thought Murray played really well today and looks as though he can get through his very difficult quarter of the draw. However I can not see him getting past the semi-finals but you never know. The other Brits have done brilliantly over the last two days and James Ward and Heather Watson did especially well. Watson has now got a golden opportunity to reach the third round.

Jed Gore: A Sporting Insight; jedidiahgore.blogspot.co.uk
27/06/2012 03:22
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A concise history lesson. England BOUGHT the Clan Chiefs. They stabbed the good guys in the back for the English Shilling.
 Move forward. Scottish enterprise went wrong. England bailed us out on the Order that our rulers sign the Act of Union.
 PLEASE . READ THE HISTORY!!!

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