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Murray demolishes Davydenko, Ward also wins

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Andy Murray eviscerated former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko on Centre Court to book his place in the second round at Wimbledon with some ease.

In what was a good day for British tennis, James Ward came through a five-set epic against Pablo Andujar to secure his own spot in the second round.

Murray, who had been criticised by Davydenko prior to their contest for a perceived tendency to play up injuries, let his tennis do the talking as he waltzed through the contest - eventually claiming a one-sided 6-1 6-1 6-4 triumph.

In truth the Russian, a supreme player in his heyday, appeared ill-suited to attack Murray's weaknesses or counter his strengths, as the Scot held serve with little fear and feasted on his opponent's sub-par delivery thanks to his notorious returning ability.

Coming onto court after Rafael Nadal - a man he could meet in the semi-finals - had been tested somewhat by Thomaz Bellucci, Murray was put through no such examination as he breezed out infront against his opponent.

If one game summed up the opening two sets it was the one that decided the first set as Davydenko, 5-1 down but 40-0 up on his serve, proceeded to lose the next five points in a row as Murray passed him down the line time and time again on the way to the lead.

The second set followed the same pattern as the first, before Davydenko eventually found a bit of rhythm - or Murray found a bit of empathy - in the third. An early break meant Murray was always in control of proceedings, however, and a few Davydenko holds did not really change anything as Murray got what he wanted - a confidence-boosting opening win without expending too much energy.

James Ward was also a winner © PA Photos
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Murray will now face either Ivo Karlovic or Dudi Sela in the next round.

Ward, playing out on Court 14, picked up his first ever victory in the main draw at Wimbledon, emerging victorious in a battle against Andujar where the momentum lurched wildly between them.

Andujar looked a class above as he took the first set, but was then bagelled by the well-supported Brit to suggest he could be about to crumble.

A counter-punch took Andujar within a set of victory, but Ward held his nerve to claim a well-celebrated 3-6 6-0 3-6 6-4 6-4 triumph that took well over three hours to complete.

Ward will now face American Mardy Fish in the next round, after he breezed past Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

There was also good news in the women's draw, as Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong won to join Heather Watson in the second round.

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