Murray plays down injury fears to launch Wimbledon defence

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Andy Murray, bidding for his third Wimbledon title to match the achievements of Fred Perry, dispatched his Kazakh opponent, Alexander Bublik, in straight sets despite two rain interruptions during which, it later transpired, the Briton jokingly advised his occasionally erratic adversary to serve a few more double faults.

Murray could well face a much sterner test against the dreadlocked German who caused a stir here in 2015 when he beat Rafael Nadal.

"You take one match at a time, but he's been playing at Wimbledon since 2002 when he first got into the junior events as a 15-year-old, so he knows exactly what to expect".

"So just gonna have to try and find a way, be aggressive and try and not have him play the type of game he wants to play". "I think I'm only on about 10 right now", Bublik countered.

Murray's preparation had been overshadowed by a hip problem, which had appeared to affect his movement in practice, but he showed few signs of discomfort in the first round on Monday. In the victory, Murray won 77 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. "It's not the easiest match to play because of the way he plays".

It would be the last he would win in the first set, however, as Murray-despite limping at times-eased through the remainder. People are all ready for the action and I am sure that you all are going to love it for sure.

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However, former British world No. 4 Greg Rusedski believes Murray's hip was a hindrance against Bublik and the 30-year-old's lack of rest since earning top ranking last November would stop him from progressing past the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

The Brit did splendidly well to clinch the Wimbledon title past year, taking advantage of Novak Djokovic's early exit to lift that golden trophy for the second time in his career. "I'll work a bit on my passing shots and lobs because it will be a different match against Dustin Brown", he said. Murray has never played the world No 134 before but talked to him earlier this year in Indian Wells, where Bublik interviewed the Scot as part of a promotion for the inaugural Next Gen Finals in Milan later this year. Very entertaining guy to watch.

Brown has perpetually been a crowd favourite at Wimbledon, his popularity on the rise ever since his aggressive approach ousted two-times Wimbledon victor Nadal.

"I wouldn't have made the journey if it was ground passes only, it was for the Centre Court experience", he said.

"That's my style of tennis". He answered his opponent's drop shot with one of his own to pick up a point in the first game of the first set.

"It's tough. Andy is one of the best returners out there", said Brown.