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Wimbledon 2011: Tim Henman on Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Murray eases past Kamke in straight sets (UK only)

Tim Henman
By Tim Henman
Former British number one

You are never going to complain too much when you win in straight sets.

It was a good win for Andy Murray over Germany's Tobias Kamke, but not a perfect one. I think Andy will spend some time on Thursday working a little bit on his first serve.

He served well at the right time, but his first serve percentage was a little bit low and his forehand was also surprisingly erratic on occasions.

I'm sure that is something his coaching team will work on. Sometimes you just don't have the rhythm and his opponent should take some of the credit as he hit the ball very hard and very flat.

Also, I think it is slightly different out on Court One as the wind swirls a little bit more and that might have made life a little bit difficult and affected his timing somewhat.

But these are minor things and there is no doubting that he is in a good place right now, technically, physically and mentally.

He will now face Ivan Ljubicic, who is a really seasoned campaigner, but Andy will no doubt look to target his slightly erratic forehand

Tim Henman

There were times when he got a little bit impatient as he was so keen to get the break in the third set to finish things off quickly, and that is a really good sign.

He will now face Ivan Ljubicic, who is a really seasoned campaigner who has a great serve and a great backhand, but Andy will no doubt look to target his slightly erratic forehand. The matches are only going to get tougher and tougher now and the Croatian has got a lot of experience.

Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick said this week that he cannot relate to the amount of media pressure the British press place on Andy's shoulders.

It is one of those things, it's the biggest and best tournament in the world and unfortunately in Britain we are very limited on players at the top of the game, so the focus is going to fall on him.

It's a similar scenario for Andy to the one I found myself in when I played here. I always felt it was something that was out of my control, so it's simply not worth him worrying about.

Andy said in his BBC Sport website column that he has taken huge amounts of inspiration from Rory McIlroy's win at golf's US Open.

He joked that if he is to have any hope of getting his hands on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award now he is going to have to go on and win Wimbledon. What a double incentive that is!

I also read that Andy claimed he has not lost a game of golf for five years. Maybe I will challenge him to a round and put that to the test if he does win Wimbledon a week on Sunday.


Tim was talking to BBC Sport's Paul Birch



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