Murray made to sweat by the Spaniard who came in to the net

Some traditionalists believe there is not enough contrast in the way that the modern game is played on different surfaces. Try telling that to Andy Murray. After spending the last two months on clay engaged in relentless baseline exchanges, the world No 4 began his grass-court season here at the Aegon Championships yesterday against a Spaniard who charged in to the net like a bull on amphetamines.

Murray, who won the title last year without dropping a set or being taken to a tie-break, beat Ivan Navarro 7-6, 6-3. The world No 108's powerful serve and determination to get to the net caused the Scot some problems, though he never looked in danger of dropping his own serve. Murray wore a support on the knee that had caused him some discomfort during the clay season and moved well considering it was his first match on grass since last summer.

Navarro forced two set points in the tie-break, which Murray eventually won 10-8 with a lovely backhand cross-court pass. The Scot returned better in the second set as two breaks of serve sealed a third-round meeting with Mardy Fish or Santiago Giraldo.

Murray, who partnered his brother Jamie to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Americans Scott Lipsky and Sam Querrey later in the day, said: "It's nice to see someone serve-and-volley. I haven't played a serve-and-volley this year. It was tricky and he did it very well."

He added: "It was a tough first match. He served very, very well in the first set. I didn't return particularly well. You don't expect a Spaniard to come forward on every point."

By the time he went on court, Murray was in a familiar position as the last Briton left in the singles after Alex Bogdanovic was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. The match resumed early in the third set after being called off because of rain the previous evening.

Bogdanovic revealed afterwards that he had told Leon Smith, Britain's new Davis Cup captain, that he would not be available for next month's tie against Turkey at Eastbourne, a match to decide who will be relegated to the lowest division, alongside the likes of Albania, Andorra and Malta.

As the world No 166, Bogdanovic, the British No 2, is ranked 88 places higher than the next Briton, Jamie Baker. However, Baker is the only home player on Wimbledon's initial list of men's wild cards. The Lawn Tennis Association recommends that wild cards should be given to Britons in the world's top 250.

Bogdanovic, who has lost in the first round on all eight occasions when he has received a Wimbledon wild card, has been dropped from the LTA's Team Aegon, which provides financial support for the travel and coaching costs of 43 leading British players. Bogdanovic, a talented player who has never realised his potential, still receives some financial support from the LTA but said that it had been cut from £15,000 to just £4,000 in the first six months of this year.

The 26-year-old said LTA player director Steve Martens had told him he was being dropped because he was not working hard enough. "I thought that was just so disrespectful," said Bogdanovic, who said he had always given his best.

Having "hit rock bottom" after learning of the decision, Bogdanovic has subsequently been consulting a sports psychologist. He insisted he was not turning his back on his country but added: "If you can't get the funding, if you can't be in the team, then how can someone want you to play for your country? To play Davis Cup you're playing for a team and you want to feel like the team has the backing, supports you, believes in you."

Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders