Wimbledon 2011: Andy Murray beats Tobias Kamke

Wimbledon Championships

Venue:
All England Club, London
Date:
20 June-3 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, Two, 3D, HD, Red Button, online (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary from 0900 BST on BBC Sport website (#bbctennis); watch again on iPlayer
Andy Murray

Andy Murray took advantage of a break in the Wimbledon rain to see off Germany's Tobias Kamke in three sets and reach the third round at Wimbledon.

The world number four took to Court One at 1719 BST after an earlier rain delay and needed one hour and 57 minutes to secure a 6-3 6-3 7-5 victory.

There had been fears the weather might seriously hold up Murray without the benefit of the Centre Court roof.

But Kamke, ranked 83, could do little to hamper the Briton's progress.

Murray, 24, will next play Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic, who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-4 6-4 6-2.

There were still spots of rain in the air as play got under way on Court One, and a nasty slip by Kamke on the opening point raised fears that the players might be swiftly taken off again.

Kamke might have wished they had been after he made a nervous start, double-faulting twice to drop serve straight away and almost going a double-break down when Murray missed a second-serve return in game three.

The German, last year's ATP World Tour newcomer of the year, got a foothold in the contest as the set progressed, but Murray was in one of his less generous moods and broke once again with a thumping forehand to take the set.

Break points in the second and sixth games offered Murray sight of a commanding lead but his forehand let him down on both occasions, and with the frustration growing he double-faulted to hand Kamke a break point at 3-3.

Murray was in danger of being dragged into a real scrap but found a big first serve to get out of trouble and immediately refocused his efforts, putting the pressure straight back on Kamke to break for 5-3 and sealing the set with a sharp serve-volley.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Kamke's go-for-broke flat hitting continued to impress in the third but Murray held him at bay with more good serving at key moments.

The decisive break came when the German double-faulted at 5-5, and the British number one served out the victory to move safely into the last 32.

"I served well but the rest of my game needs work," Murray told BBC Sport. "It was quite tricky and windy out there.

"He was hitting the ball very hard and flat, so it was tough to get into a rhythm. I served well which was very important but I need to hit the ball better from the back of the court in the next round.

"I need to use my legs better. I felt I was a bit upright and I need to be quicker on my feet to get in the right positions to hit the ball, especially when it is windy like it was today."

And after both players struggled with the sun in their eyes in the latter stages, Murray said: "It's a little bit different because, on Centre, even with the roof open it still feels quite enclosed, whereas Court One is much more open."

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