Tennis

Murray silences Davydenko

2012-06-26 20:53
Andy Murray (AP)

London - Home favourite Andy Murray had the last laugh as he silenced Nikolay Davydenko's taunts with a straight sets win Tuesday to kick off his Wimbledon campaign.

The Russian had claimed players laughed at the British fourth seed, believing he regularly makes a song and dance out of his injuries.

But Murray left Davydenko licking his wounds by beating him 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court.

Davydenko, 31, a former world No 3, who won the 2009 World Tour Finals, has seen his ranking drop to 47 and he was outclassed by his Scottish opponent.

"I'm desperate to get the tournament going because there's a lot of talk from a lot of people," Murray said afterwards.

"It's never easy playing at Wimbledon in the first round but that was a good start. The first two sets were very good. I got off to a great start and then relaxed.

"Since Queen's I've been itching to get going.

"I was hitting the ball very clean from the beginning of the match."

He faces either Croatia's Ivo Karlovic or Israel's Dudi Sela in the second round.

Murray, making his seventh Wimbledon appearance, has never lost his opening match at the All England Club and has made the semi-finals on the last three occasions.

He is bidding to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men's singles crown.

Murray has come under fire in recent weeks from the likes of Virginia Wade, the last British singles winner at Wimbledon, who won the ladies' title in 1977.

She called him a "drama queen", claiming the 25-year-old exaggerated any bumps and bruises he may be feeling.

"We just laugh sometimes," Davydenko told The Sun newspaper on Tuesday.

"Sometimes he walks on court, he looks tired, like he doesn't want to run anymore and then he runs like an animal. He has done that all his career.

"He may have a pain somewhere but if you ask any player they will all say they have pains here and there. Nobody says they are perfect. It's just not possible."

Murray showed no bitterness at the end of the match, shaking hands with Davydenko at the net.

Results on the second day of Wimbledon at the All England Club on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round


Nicolas Almagro (ESP x12) bt Olivier Rochus (BEL) 6-7 (4/7), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-4
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-2
Kenny De Schepper (FRA) bt Matthias Bachinger (GER) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Kei Nishikori (JPN x19) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Florent Serra (FRA) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Go Soeda (JPN) bt Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x9) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
Marin Cilic (CRO x16) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x32) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Albert Montas (ESP) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x5) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Guillermo Garca-Lpez (ESP) bt Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 10-8
Lukas Lacko (SVK) bt Adrian Ungur (ROM) 7-6 (7/4), 6-1, 6-3
David Goffin (BEL) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS x20) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Jesse Levine (USA) bt Karol Beck (SVK) 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-2
James Ward (GBR) bt Pablo Andjar (ESP) 4-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Mardy Fish (USA x10) bt Rubn Ramrez Hidalgo (ESP) 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/1)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x14) 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Brian Baker (USA) bt Rui Machado (POR) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-0
Benot Paire (FRA) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3
Alexander Dolgopolov (UKR x22) bt Alex Bogomolov (RUS) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x27) bt Tommy Haas (GER) 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2
Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Jurgen Zopp (EST) 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 9-7
Lukas Rosol (CZE) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/0), 7-5
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Thomaz Belluci (BRA) 7-6 (7/0), 6-2, 6-3

Women

First round


Vera Zvonareva (RUS x12) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4
Christina McHale (USA x28) bt Johanna Konta (GBR) 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 10-8
Serena Williams (USA x6) bt Barbora Zhlavov Strcov (CZE) 6-2, 6-4
Melinda Czink (HUN) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-0, 6-2
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) bt Vera Dushevina (RUS) 6-2, 7-5
Zheng Jie (CHN x25) bt Stphanie Dubois (CAN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Kiki Bertens (NED) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x19) 6-3, 6-0
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5)
Anne Keothavong (GBR) bt Laura Pous (ESP) 6-3, 6-3
Kristyna Plskova (CZE) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-2, 6-2
Francesca Schiavone (ITA x24) bt Laura Robson (GBR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x31) bt Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 6-1, 6-2
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Patricia Mayr (AUT) 6-2, 6-3
Elena Baltacha (GBR) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Petra Kvitova (CZE x4) bt Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 6-4, 6-4
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) bt Greta Arn (HUN) 6-4, 6-2
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x32) 6-2, 6-3
Roberta Vinci (ITA x21) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6-2, 6-4
Marina Erakovic (NZL) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-4, 6-4
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) bt Alexandra Panova (RUS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Marion Bartoli (FRA x9) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-2, 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP x26) bt Simona Halep (ROM) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Jana Cepelov (SVK) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Romina Oprandi (SWI) bt Irina Begu (ROM) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x2) bt Irina Falconi (USA) 6-1, 6-4

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