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Wimbledon 2011: Tim Henman on Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Masterful Murray overcomes early wobbles (UK only)

Tim Henman
By Tim Henman
Former British number one

It was a bit of a slow start by Andy Murray in his opening match at Wimbledon against Daniel Gimeno-Traver but he really went through the gears and won by a canter.

My nerves weren't jangling too much after he lost the first set and by the end he was playing exhibition stuff.

All credit to Gimeno-Traver for coming out on his Centre Court debut to play as well as he did in that opening set.

When you are as much of an underdog as the Spaniard was, the mentality and attitude you come out with is that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain so you tend to go for all your shots.

He made the most of them and made life difficult for Andy, but I never thought the fourth seed was in any trouble.

One of the strange things about tennis is that by unexpectedly winning that first set the pressure suddenly fell on the world number 59. As a result, Andy was able to start cutting out his unforced errors, was far more aggressive and Gimeno-Traver simply couldn't cope and quickly fell away.

Maybe the most important thing to come out of today was that Andy was able to complete his match under the Centre Court roof

Tim Henman

I always felt that Andy was going to have the graft and experience to turn it round and he just got better and better.

One thing I have noticed recently is the increasing maturity in Andy's game. His greater experience meant that dealing with a hiccup like losing the first set caused him no panic, he concentrated on his own game and just got on with the process of winning the match.

Maybe the most important thing to come out of today was that Andy was able to complete his match under the Centre Court roof, while there are a lot of other players who were stuck in the locker room and now have to complete their first round games on Tuesday.

Once you are on the Centre Court schedule you are safe in the knowledge that your game is definitely going to be completed.

Having the roof closed gives you the opportunity to have a rest day if you win and this has worked hugely in Andy's advantage here.

If Andy finds himself scheduled on Court One he has to hope it is on a day when the sun is shining!

Also, although I'm not sure how different the conditions are playing under the roof, Andy has now played a full match under the lights and that is a valuable experience that some of his opponents will not have had. It can only stand him in good stead.

You can't win a Grand Slam tournament in the first week but you can certainly lose it.

It is vital to get through these early games as swiftly as possible. I don't think you can read too much into this win but one of the most important things is that you come through your matches and conserve your energy for the second week.

It is one first-week game down and there are now hopefully two to go.

A job well done.


Tim was talking to BBC Sport's Paul Birch



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