Murray through first round after early wobble

Andy Murray overcame a spirited challenge from Daniel Gimeno-Traver under Wimbledon's Centre Court roof to win their first-round encounter 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-0 this evening.

With rain bringing an early end to play elsewhere on the opening day, all eyes were on the fourth seed, who was expected to breeze through against Spain's 11th best player.



However, Gimeno-Traver had other ideas and made Murray's life distinctly uncomfortable for a set and a half before the Scot, who had struggled in his only previous match under the roof two years ago, turned things around in style, reeling off 15 games in a row.



World number 59 Gimeno-Traver possesses a big serve and forehand and both helped him save a break point in the fourth game of the first set.



The Spaniard was warming to his task and he threatened the Murray serve for the first time in the ninth game. Two break points disappeared with big serves but on the third Murray placed a forehand wide.



That left Gimeno-Traver serving for the set and he took it after 43 minutes when a scrambled Murray lob landed long.

Murray would have been frustrated to lose a set he had held the upper hand in until the final two games, and he immediately created two break points at the start of the second only for Gimeno-Traver to save both with big serves.



The 25-year-old Spaniard was playing out of his skin, going for and making huge shots off both his forehand and backhand wing and giving Murray a much tougher outing than surely he would have expected.



But there was no ranting and raving from the Scot, who was urging himself on almost discreetly, and he took his chance when Gimeno-Traver wobbled for the first time in the eighth game.



Two break points came and went but on the third a trademark backhand down the line proved too hot for his opponent, prompting a first roar of 'Come on' from Murray, who then confidently served out to take the set 6-3.

After weathering the storm, the expectation was that Murray would stamp his authority on proceedings, and that is exactly what happened at the start of the third set.



A brilliant forehand cross-court pass earned him a break in the opening game and from there the pair's fortunes went in vastly different directions.



All Gimeno-Traver's belief seemed to have drained away and he was broken twice more before calling a medical time-out for treatment to his right thigh.



The delay did not affect Murray, though, as he served out the set to love to lead 2-1.

The end was nigh when the British number one made it 10 games in a row with another break at the start of the fourth set.



That tally climbed swiftly as Murray relaxed and Gimeno-Traver conceded his race was most definitely run. Serving at 4-0 behind, the Spaniard was a spectator as his opponent creamed winners at will off forehand and backhand.



He then wrapped up the match and his second 6-0 set in a row in brilliant style with a dinked backhand winner that brought the crowd to their feet.

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