THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Murray, Tsonga Advance; Troicki Upsets Tipsarevic
by ATP Staff|
World No. 2 Andy Murray opened his bid to become the first British champion at Wimbledon since 1936 with a resounding 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Benjamin Becker on Monday at The Championships.
The Scot goes on to face 2010 quarter-finalist Yen-Hsun Lu, who defeated British wild card James Ward 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(11), 7-6(6). Murray is looking to win his second major title, having triumphed at the US Open in September 2012 (d. Djokovic). The Dunblane native has reached the final at the past three majors he has contested, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last year and to Djokovic at this year’s Australian Open in January.
"I put a lot of pressure on myself. I expect a lot of myself," said Murray. "It matters what's going on in my head, what I'm feeling while I'm on the court. And I think I've done a good job of putting that other stuff to the back of my head and just concentrate on what's going on out there."
Murray came into Wimbledon on the back of success at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club (d. Cilic). The 26 year old has a 28-5 match record on the season, also lifting the trophy at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (d. Ferrer) and the Brisbane International (d. Dimitrov).
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Murray beat his some-time training partner Becker for the second time in three weeks, having also won in straight sets when they clashed in The Queen’s Club quarter-finals. The right-hander hit 11 aces and converted five of his 10 break points.
Sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came through a tricky opener against David Goffin, defeating the Belgian 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-3 in just under two hours. The 22-year-old Goffin had reached the third round last year.
The 28-year-old Tsonga has reached the semi-finals at The Championships in the past two years and is bidding to reach his second Grand Slam final, having finished runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open (l. to Djokovic). He is coming off back-to-back semi-finals at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrer) and the Aegon Championships (l. to Murray).
"I'm feeling good," said Tsonga. "I played well today. I was really relaxed on the court, and it made me save energy and play good tennis."
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Next up for Tsonga is Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who edged France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(1), 6-4, 7-5. Tsonga leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-0, but it will be their first meeting since 2009. The 24-year-old Gulbis, winner at Delray Beach, has never been past the second round at Wimbledon.
Viktor Troicki caused the first upset of The Championships as he ousted 14th seed and countryman Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5) in just under two hours. Troicki served 15 aces and converted two of his 10 break points to record his first victory over Tipsarevic since 2008. The 29-year-old Tipsarevic suffered his eighth first-round loss of the season and dropped to a 13-13 match record.
World No. 44 Troicki is defending fourth-round points from 2012 (l. to Djokovic) and goes on to challenge upcoming Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, who recorded his first main draw win at SW19 with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Spain’s Albert Montanes.
John Isner fired 22 aces in a 6-1, 7-6(5), 7-6(3) victory over Evgeny Donskoy, the man whom he had lost to just a week earlier in the first round of the Topshelf Open. The 18th-seeded Isner claimed his 16th win in a season marred by injury early on. The 28 year old is bidding to advance past the second round at Wimbledon for the first time in five visits and goes on to face France’s Adrian Mannarino, who dismissed Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Isner famously beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of the longest match ever played in the 2010 first round.