Wimbledon Day 1: Murray through as Ward and Edmund fall

By Philip James

Britain’s number one made it safely through on day one in SW19 but there was to be no fairy tale for James Ward or Kyle Edmund as they both went out.

Andy Murray GBR (2) def Benjamin Becker GER 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Murray continued his good form on grass today as he swept past German’s Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 53 minutes.

Dunblane’s own made heavy weather of the first set as he let a break lead slip and the 32-year-old German drew level.

But the second seed was not to be denied and broke again to take the first set and never looked back from there.

Becker, ranked 90 places below Murray at 92nd in the world, just did not have the weapons to seriously trouble Murray who never needed to really hit top form.

The Scot broke once in the second set and twice more in the third to claim victory and a place in round two.

Yen-Hsun Lu TPE def James Ward GBR 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(11), 7-6(4)

There was to be no all-British clash in the men’s second round as Yen-Hsun Lu beat Britain’s number two, to set up a clash with Britain’s number one.

For a short time it looked as if Ward, a wild card entrant, might cause an upset against his opponent from Chinese Taipei who was ranked 144 places above him.

Ward showed no sign of nerves as he broke his 75th-ranked opponent in the very first game.

Though Lu broke back Ward eventually took the set in the ensuing tie-break.

Breaks were at a premium and Lu grabbed his second, but last of the match, to edge the second set and draw level.

The 74-miunute third set went with serve all the way to a tie-break and a dramatic one at that which Lu eventually took 13 points to 11.

Despite the agonising loss of the third set, Ward didn’t lose hope in the fourth which again went with serve all the way to a breaker which Lu took to four, to take the match in three hours and 35 minutes.

Jerzy Janowicz POL (24) def Kyle Edmund GBR 6-2, 6-2, 6-4

Young British wildcard Kyle Edmund had his first Wimbledon main draw match today and will take a lot from the experience, despite losing 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to Jerzy Janowicz.

Edmund stayed with the 24th seed for the first few games before the Pole won four games on the trot to take the first set.

Edmund, just 18 and ranked 385th in the world, was soon behind in the second set which Janowicz again won 6-2.

Edmund limited his opponent to just one break in the third set but that was enough to take it and with it the match in an hour and 27 minutes.

It was a tough draw for the Brit but he showed glimpses of the player he might become in the years to come if he can continue this upward arc.