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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 June, 2005, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Murray storms to victory on debut
Andrew Murray
Andy Murray enjoyed a dream senior Wimbledon debut as he secured a routine 6-4 6-2 6-2 win over George Bastl.

The 18-year-old Scot played with strapping on the ankle he injured at Queen's a fortnight ago, but it did not appear to hinder him.

The variety in his groundstrokes consistently outwitted Bastl, conqueror of Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2002.

Murray triumphed in under two hours to book a meeting with 14th seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

The Briton admitted he was surprised by the ease of his victory.

"I wasn't really expecting to win - obviously he's much better than me," said the 18-year-old, ranked 166 places below Bastl.

"But once I got the break in the first set, I thought I played really well.

Of the ankle injury, Murray added: "I didn't really feel it at all.

"I had the strapping on and a brace as well but I was running for all the balls I normally would so it wasn't a problem."

Despite the publicity surrounding Murray in the lead-up to Wimbledon, Court Two was not yet full when he emerged for his Grand Slam debut.

The crowd soon swelled as the Scot made a superb start in his first ever five-set match.

Having squandered three break points at 2-2, the 18-year-old eventually took his fifth opportunity to lead 5-4.

The nerves might have been jangling when he saw two set points come and go but he wrapped up the set when Bastl mistimed a return.

Murray's serve was generally impressive but it did falter st the start of the second set and Bastl, playing on the same court on which he beat Sampras, had a glimmer of hope when he got to deuce for the first time at 1-0.

Murray saw off that danger and at 2-2, took advantage of the errors creeping into the Swiss man's game to break for the second time in the match.

From then on, it was a stroll for Murray, who was able to clench his fist in trademark style on numerous occasions as his opponent's game crumbled.

The 18-year-old broke serve three more times on his way to a handsome victory.

He later said he hoped is next match would be on one of the two main courts.

"They have to fit me on Court One my next match because it's against a seed," said Murray.

"I think my opponent might be nervous playing me and the bigger the court the more nervous he'll be, so hopefully I'll get on one of the big ones."

Bastl told the press: "You are right to get excited about Murray.

"He played well with his game so all the credit to him. He served well and had a very high percentage of first serves and has a good all-round game."

Murray's next opponent Stepanek, the 14th seed, said: "I saw him playing in Queen's and know he played a couple of good matches."


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