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.

Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
Life and Style
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

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

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits