Murray eases to win in the fresh open air

Murray mint: Andy Murray salutes his win.    Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire.
Murray mint: Andy Murray salutes his win. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire.
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Andy Murray maintained his record of never having lost before the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-3 7-5 victory over Tobias Kamke on Court One yesterday.

The 24-year-old stamped his authority on the second-round match from the off and cruised through the first two sets before Kamke made a contest of it in the third.

However, the German eventually cracked and Murray served out for victory, to set up a meeting with Ivan Ljubicic on Friday.

The fourth seed felt there was room for improvement.He said: “I served well. The rest of it is going to need some work. It was quite tricky with the wind and he was hitting the ball really hard and flat, which made it difficult to get into a rhythm.

“I felt like I was a little upright on the court, I didn’t move that well. It was a good workout for me and I’m glad to get through in straight sets.”

Rafael Nadal enjoyed winning his first match under the Centre Court roof but would rather see the skies above Wimbledon as he moves through the rest of the tournament.

The heavy rain that delayed play on all courts bar Centre until after 3pm prompted organisers to close the main court’s roof for the opening match between Venus Williams and Kimiko Date-Krumm at 1pm.

But with that contest lasting nearly three hours, the rain had passed by the time Nadal took to the court to face Ryan Sweeting, and the defending champion claims he was told by officials that the roof would be reopened.

A last-minute change of heart owing to the forecast forced it to remain shut.

Nadal beat Sweeting 6-3 6-2 6-4 and although he was hardly scathing about the conditions under the roof, he would prefer not to have to play under it again.

“There are more humid conditions inside,” he said. “I don’t know if the change in the atmosphere is because of the roof or because it was raining before the match.

“It seemed like the court was a little more slipper than usual, on the left part, opposite the Royal Box. It was something strange.

“They told me they were going to open the roof, but at the last minute they told me they predicted a shower. It never came.”