Yesterday, the first leg of men's second round session was set to be played at Wimbledon.Andy Murray, the defending champion and the current world no. 1 shared the highlights with Rafael Nadal, two times former champion and the world no. 1. However, by the time Murray had settled into his stride towards the end of the first set the Scot played with increasing confidence. Against Rafa I did it for four sets and won the match but today I didn't find a solution how to bother him at all.
Feliciano Lopez - one of the players singled out by Brown - was another to agree that the tactic had all but disappeared, although stopped short of blaming it all on the slower grass courts.
"I was serving a lot bigger than in the first round which was good and I moved pretty well". Brown is always a tough draw early in tournaments, but Murray looked good, a welcome sign after his struggles on grass courts prior to Wimbledon. Anything I did, just seemed like he didn't really care.
"I'm still very dedicated to tennis and I want to do the best that I can with the time I have left", he said.
"I was getting a lot of free points there". I played a really good match on the night.
He was made to come from a set down to beat Malek Jaziri in round one but Janowicz was not in such a generous mood as the Pole recorded a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-1 win.
Murray, speaking after his first round win, said: "I don't know if that's something that's come over the last couple of weeks when my hip's been sore".
"I feel good and hopefully it stays that way", he said.
Awaiting Murray in the next round is No. 28 seed Fabio Fognini, who moved past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2. Like I said, I tried. I think Rog, playing his game and being aggressive and coming in, that would probably be the right way to do it.
Simona Halep, the second seed, started with a defeat of Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-4, 6-3, while fourth seed Elina Svitolina dismissed Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0.
Brown, an effortless crowd favourite at SW19, looked a risky proposition on paper for Murray, but the Scot produced perhaps his best tennis of 2017 to ease into the next round and perhaps end any lingering doubts over his fitness. "It was frustrating after a big win I had".
Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who is seeded 16th, pushed himself to the limit before posting a 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 9-7 victory over Czech Lukas Rosol in three hours, 37 minutes. The current world number six Cilic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the first round while Mayer needed only one set to go through the second round as Victor Troicki of Serbia was unable to continue due to injury.