Simon Reed

Murray solid in opener

Simon Reed

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Andy Murray's straight sets win over Jan Hajek was pretty impressive.

Hajek started hot and definitely looked like a worry early on in the match. Also Murray looked shackled by the pressure; not just the pressure of a nation but also the pressure that he puts on himself.

But once he had broken back Murray looked like a different player. And by the end he looked like he could be a genuine contender for the title.

As is always the case with Murray, though, it is all about balance. Can he keep up that level of play when the he meets the really tough opponents?

His next opponent Jarkko Nieminen is definitely a fighter and he has attitude. He also likes the grass.

But if Murray plays anything like he did in the second and third sets against Hajek, he won't have anything to worry about against Nieminen.

Elsewhere in the men's draw, Rafael Nadal seemed to be hitting the ball as hard as ever.

He is very imposing when he plays like that and Kei Nishikori was never really at the races in their clash.


Another two British women went out on day two and for Anne Keothavong, in particular, it will be a tough loss to take.

There was a really classy game at 4-3 in the final set; some hard hitting and some great rallies.

But in the end Anastasia Rodionova won it and Keothavong lost it from there. It's tough and I don't know how many times she can keep bouncing back from defeats like that.

As far as Heather Watson goes, I think nerves got to her. She is a very useful player and she hits the ball very hard.

But it's closing out key points that is really important which the Brits don't seem to be able to do. It's almost like a British disease.

I don't think it's a problem for the youngsters like Watson and Laura Robson just get though as they are still going through a learning process.


Caroline Wozniacki was very solid against Tathiana Garbin but I don't see her as winner of this tournament.

She is coming back to full form and is beginning to show some of the best of her play. But I don't think she is quite there yet.

Serena Williams on the other hand looked mighty impressive in her win over Michelle Larcher de Brito.

There is a question over whether she can close out the tight matches like she used to, but so far so good for the top seed.

What happened at the French Open to Sam Stosur seems still to be having a affect on her.

She played so well up until the final but she couldn't really pull it out against Francesca Schiavone and she has been struggling ever since. She's is not the player she was a month ago at the moment.


Andy Roddick has a tough match first up on Centre Court against Michael Llodra and there will be close sets. Roddick may well win all three of them but it'll be a tough match.

The other match I'm looking forward to is last week's Eastbourne champion Ekaterina Makarova taking on Venus Williams. Makarova will provide Venus with the sternest of tests. Venus should come through it but I wouldn't be surprised if she is troubled along the way.

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