Wimbledon: Andy Murray cruises into Round 2, Nick Kyrgios bruises

Jul 04, 2017, 09:28 IST | AFP

Andy Murray celebrates a point against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik during their first round match at Wimbledon yesterday.
Andy Murray celebrates a point against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik during their first round match at Wimbledon yesterday.

Defending champion Andy Murray celebrated the news that he's about to become a father again by reaching the Wimbledon second round
yesterday.

Top seed and World No. 1 Murray downed Kazakh lucky loser Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, shrugging off two brief rain delays and showing little sign of the hip problem which had plagued him in the build-up. "I have felt OK the last few days and the adrenaline you feel by playing a match numbs any pain you may have," said the British star after seeing off world no. 134 Bublik who was making his grass court debut.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge applauds as she soaks in the opening day's action at Wimbledon. Pics/AFP, Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge applauds as she soaks in the opening day's action at Wimbledon. Pics/AFP, Getty Images

"Bublik is a bit of a character. He's a bit different from other players, tries different shots and the crowd enjoyed the way he plays." Murray next faces Dustin Brown, the man who knocked out Nadal two years ago.

Meanwhile, 20th seed Nick Kyrgios, who shocked Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 was 6-3, 6-4 down to France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert when he called it quits on Court Three after failing to shake off the hip injury which has plagued him in recent weeks.

Nick Kyrgios reacts at the end of the second set against Pierre-Hughes Herbert at Wimbledon yesterday. Kyrgios retired from his first round match due to a hip injury
Nick Kyrgios reacts at the end of the second set against Pierre-Hughes Herbert at Wimbledon yesterday. Kyrgios retired from his first round match due to a hip injury

"I kind of knew I was in trouble. I have been feeling my hip ever since I fell over at Queen's Club. Never got it right. I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time. I just wasn't 100 percent," Kyrgios said.

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