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Murray Beats Wawrinka Under Closed Roof At Olympics

London, England

Murray© AFP/Getty ImagesAndy Murray lost to Yen-Hsun Lu in the 2008 Beijing Olympics first round.

Third seed Andy Murray started his quest for an Olympic Games gold medal on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at a wet All England Club, Wimbledon.

Murray hit eight aces and 20 winners, converting three of his three break point opportunities for victory in 89 minutes, under a closed roof on Centre Court. Interestingly, Murray and Wawrinka played the first full match under the retractable roof at Wimbledon in 2009.

"I always enjoy coming back onto the court… I love the atmosphere,” said Murray, who reached the Wimbledon final (l. to Federer) three weeks ago. “A lot of the people that were here today, it would have been their first time to Wimbledon.”

"I practised against Stan a few times last week [in the build-up to the Olympics] and played really well against him. I’m really up for the tournament. I want to be involved in this event for as long as possible. I’m going to give it my best shot.”

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Wawrinka, who won 44 per cent of his first service points, said, “I just think I played a better player. He’s just made the final here [and] he’s playing at home.”

World No. 26 Wawrinka was watched by Roger Federer and his wife Mirka. Wawrinka said, “It’s a little bit like Davis Cup. We try to support each other and we’re going to try to make everything possible in doubles right now.” The pair won the 2008 Beijing Olympics doubles gold medal.

The last British tennis players to win an Olympic medal were Tim Henman and Neil Broad at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. They won the silver medal after losing to Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in the doubles final.

Murray will play Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the second round. Nieminen beat Somdev Devvarman of India 6-3, 6-1 on Court 17. Niemien was leading 6-3, 1-0, when play was suspended due to rain for more than four-and-a-half hours.

Fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, competing at his second Olympic Games, committed just eight unforced errors in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Canadian Vasek Pospisil in one hour and 22 minutes. The match resumed at 6-4, 40-all, after the rain delay. Ferrer awaits the winner of Slovenian Blaz Kavcic or Vishnu Vardhan of India, who replaced German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the draw.

Heavy rain throughout the day meant that several singles and doubles matches, including Federer and Wawrinka’s doubles clash versus Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda, were cancelled. 

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