Wimbledon Day 2: Murray overcomes scare to advance, Kvitova safely through

On day two of the action at Wimbledon, Andy Murray advanced to the second round but the Scot was far from his best as he secured a straight sets 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.

Murray recovered from losing four consecutive games in the second set as he won the tie-breaker 7-3 and a single break point in the third set proved to be enough for the third seed to oust his Kazakh opponent.

Andy Murray's only triumph at Wimbledon came in 2013 image: bbc.co.uk

Andy Murray’s only triumph at Wimbledon came in 2013
image: bbc.co.uk

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer easily booked his place in the second round, as he dismissed Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in straight sets with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 6-3 win.

It was also the same case for Rafael Nadal as his quest for a third title at Wimbledon got off to a winning start, with the tenth seed overcoming the test of Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci to secure a 6-4 6-2 6-4 straight sets victory.

Six seed Tomas Berdych was made to work for his spot in the next round as France’s Jeremy Chardy gave the Dane a run for his money but Berdych just about squeezed through with a 6-2 6-7 (10/8) 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/5) win.

Jo Wilfried Tsonga was also forced to take the long route into the second round as he needed five sets to knock out Gilles Muller of Luxembourg with a 7-6 (10/8) 6-7 (7/3) 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory.

Gilles Simon will join his fellow Frenchman in the second round as he secured a 6-4 6-4 7-5 straight sets win over Nicolas Almagro of Spain, while 18th seed Gael Monfils rounded off a good day for the French with a 6-4 6-4 7-5 victory over Spaniard Paolo Carreno Busta.

In women’s action, defending champion Petra Kvitova needed just 35 minutes to book her spot in the next round seeing off  Kiki Bertens from The Netherlands with ease in a 6-1 6-0 victory.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki came through her first round match up in straight sets securing a 7-5 6-0 win over China’s Saisai Zheng, while eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova also enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over American Sachia Vickery.

Petra Kvitova needed just 35 minutes to book her spot in the second round image: eurosport.yahoo.com

Petra Kvitova needed just 35 minutes to book her spot in the second round
image: eurosport.yahoo.com

However, third seed Simona Halep – who fell at the second round of the French Open – crashed out of Wimbledon at the first round as Slovak Jana Cepelova stunned the Romanian with a 5-7 6-4 6-3 win.

There was also an early exit for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, as last year’s beaten finalist suffered a shock loss to China’s Ying-Ying Duan who scored a 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 win over the 12th seed.

Britain’s won Heather Watson came from a set down to book her place in the next round with a 1-6 6-3 8-6 win over French woman Caroline Garcia, but Laura Robson’s tournament is over as she crashed out to Russian Evgeniya Rodina who scored a 6-4 6-4 win over the Briton.

2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska overcame Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in a 6-3 6-2 straight sets victory, while Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrated a rare double bagel as the 10th seed breezed past compatriot Carina Witthoeft 6-0 6-0.

You can check out more results from day 2 of the action at SW19 at this link.

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