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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 June, 2005, 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
John McEnroe on Wimbledon
John McEnroe
By John McEnroe
BBC Sport tennis pundit

Andrew Murray
It was said that Andy Murray's win over George Bastl on Court Two on Tuesday was the most impressive debut by a British player at Wimbledon.

That's not saying a whole lot - but having said that, he is a major talent.

He won the US Open juniors, he believes in himself, he's got a natural flair, and he's got intensity and desire. You can see he wants it.

And that's what is eventually going to get him into the top 10 players in the world in my opinion.

He tried some brave shots in his match and that's the beauty of youth. You're willing to try anything, you're not afraid.

And when you're not afraid, you're going to beat a lot of people.

Having said that, he's got his hands full in the next round because Radek Stepanek is a guy who is very difficult to read.

Even if Murray's mum goes out and video-cams his first-round match and studies him, she's going to find out that even Stepanek doesn't know where he's going to hit the ball sometimes.

As for Tim Henman, he's got some work to do obviously because he's clearly not playing his best, or even close to it.

Tim Henman
When he won the third set, you thought 'Ok, it's a typical Henman early-round encounter at Wimbledon'

If he'd gone down a break in the third set against Jarkko Nieminen, I think the Finn would have finished him.

Tim was a break up in the second set and it should have been one set all.

Nieminen probably felt a little lucky to be up two sets but then he sensed this match could be his and he tightened up.

But that 5-4 game in the third was awfully close - that set could have easily gone to a tiebreak and then it's the roll of the dice.

But when he won the third set, you thought 'Ok, it's a typical Henman early-round encounter at Wimbledon'.

At the beginning, I felt he was incredibly nervous. Nerves really wreaked havoc with his game.

Then he looked like someone who was looking at the radar gun to see how hard he was serving and really making an effort to serve as hard as possible but not having any rhythm so he subsequently lost some confidence.

But give Jarkko some credit - he played about as well as he could have done.

John McEnroe was talking to John Inverdale on BBC2.


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