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Murray Records 450th Match Win To Start Wimbledon Title Defence

Wimbledon, Great Britain

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Andy Murray recorded his 450th tour-level match win on Monday as he started his defence of the Wimbledon title at The Championships.

Murray became the 10th active player to reach the milestone with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory over David Goffin in the first round on Centre Court. Tim Henman is the leading British match wins leader with a 496-274 mark.

“To come to the court and get that reception… was very nice," said Murray. "I think the crowd was pretty much full from the start. It was great. [I] enjoyed it for the walk to the chair. Then, when I sat down, it was time to get on with business. I was probably a bit more nervous yesterday than I was today.”

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“I played very well. I hit the ball very well. I hit the ball clean from the beginning of the match. I thought the second and third sets were very high level. I thought he played very well. He was aggressive. He goes for his shots… moves extremely well [and] he's very quick around the court.”

Murray next plays Blaz Rola, who was a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 winner over Pablo Andujar.

Sixth seed and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych opened his campaign with a 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Victor Hanescu. Hanescu was attempting to record his 200th tour-level match win. 

 

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Ernests Gulbis, the No. 12 seed, set up a second-round clash against Sergiy Stakhovsky after he struck 22 aces in a 7-6(7), 7-5, 7-6(10) win over Jurgen Zopp. Stakhovsky lost nine of his first service points in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Carlos Berlocq.

Marinko Matosevic caused the first upset by beating No. 18 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Verdasco explained afterwards, "I was 4-3 in the third set [and] I had two break points and didn't make them. Then he broke my serve and won the third set. That really hurt me. He started the fourth playing much looser and took advantage. I couldn't come back. Of course, I didn't play my best tennis."

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