Andy Murray‘s injury issues now look to be a thing of past as the top seed and defending champion fended off Dustin Brown in style on Centre Court on Wednesday, advancing into third round at Wimbledon.
The World Number One dropped just seven games games in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against a potentially challenging opponent. Dustin Brown, two years ago, had knocked out Rafael Nadal out of the Wimbledon at this very stage. The Spaniard joined Murray in the next round with his second round victory over Donald Young.
Arguably the match of the day came from the women’s singles, as Johanna Konta overcame Donna Vekic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8 in three hours and 10 minutes. Second seed Simona Halep was through to the next round after battling past Beatriz Haddad Maia, while two-time champion Petra Kvitova suffered a shocking defeat to Madison Brengle.
In the early stages of the match with the defending champion, Brown was looking very threatening. The German was playing regular drop shots, seeking to hit lines, and initially it was causing concerns for Murray, as he failed to find rhythm. However, Brown couldn’t maintain those levels and the top seed was able to capitalize, cruising to a win.
Nadal looked equally impressive as he marched into third round by dispatching Young. The confidence is evident from his body language as he looks to have rediscovered his best form in at least couple of years in the 2017 campaign so far.
In the surprise of the day two-time champion Kvitova was beaten by Brengle. Normally a very effective and efficient grass-court player, Kvitova was unable to build momentum in this match due to a string of errors made. Brengle capitalised to her credit, securing one of her biggest wins in Grand Slam competitions.