24 Jun 2009

Murray through at Wimbledon

7:23 am on 24 June 2009

Third seed Andy Murray had to work hard in his first round at Wimbledon, beating American Robert Kendrick in 4 sets on Centre Court.

The 22-year-old, hoping to end Britain's more than 70-year wait for a men's singles champion at the grasscourt grand slam, faltered in the second-set tiebreak as an inspired Kendrick threatened to produce a huge shock.

The 76th-ranked Kendrick began to run out of steam thereafter as Murray, a quarter-finalist at the French Open, showed his superior class to regain control.

One break of serve was all that was needed in the third set and a relieved Murray edged a break ahead in the fourth before serving out for victory on his second match point.

No major upsets today, however men's 25th seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia was forced to retire with an injury , while number 22 Alize Cornet of France was the highest womens seed to fall.