Andy Murray left the versatile Dustin Brown out of options as he dismissed the German in straight sets in the Wimbledon second round on Wednesday. After the match, Brown thanked him “for the lesson”.
Brown, who often makes it seem like he can hit every shot in the book, had no solutions for the defending champion as he fell 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 96 minutes.
Murray entered the tournament struggling with a sore hip but Brown could not detect any problems in his opponent’s movement during the match.
“Well, if he has a problem with his hip, I don’t want to play against him when his hip is good,” joked Brown.
“Obviously there was speculation about it, people saying he’s not walking or whatever. I hit a lot of dropshots in the beginning, tried to get him in to see how the hip is, pull him into the forehand.
“From my opinion, he doesn’t really care about any of that stuff. He played really well.
“Most of the guys you play, you can try to find a way where you know you can hurt them. If you do it, the whole match is a different situation.
“But today I had the feeling it made no difference what I did. If I stayed back, if I attacked, if I came in, if I chipped, if I hit the ball and came in. He pretty had much a good answer for everything. That made it difficult.
“There was never really a moment I could just relax and say, ‘Okay, have a breather here’. Just constant pressure.”
Murray hit nine aces, faces zero break points, won 84 per cent of the points on his first serve and 74 per cent on the second, fired 31 winners against just five unforced errors. Flawless is a word that comes to mind when reading those stats.
Brown, who is quite friendly with Murray off the court, told the world No1 at the net during the handshake: “I just said, ‘Too good’, basically. Yeah, ‘thanks for that lesson, it was too good’.”
Murray entered the tournament with no wins on grass in the build-up, having lost his opener to Jordan Thompson in Queen’s a couple of weeks ago. The two-time Wimbledon champion has been searching for his best form most of this season but Brown believes he’ll be tough to beat as he progresses through the tournament.
“I think the deeper it goes, the more difficult it’s going to be to beat him. I think Rog (Federer), playing his game and being aggressive and coming in, that would probably be the right way to do it. Like I said, I tried,” said the German-Jamaican.
“The way he played today, I think it’s only going to get better. I think it’s going to be very difficult, hence why he won last year.”
Murray, who next takes on Italy’s Fabio Fognini, was happy with his performance and is preparing himself to face yet another extroverted shot-maker, following Alexander Bublik and Brown.
“It was a good match from my end. I mean, I served well until really the last few games. I returned well. I didn’t make many mistakes. I hit a lot of good passing shots. So, I mean, I was really happy with it, obviously,” said the 30-year-old Murray.
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