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Murray Races Through; Stakhovsky Slays Gulbis At Wimbledon

Wimbledon, England

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray powers into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Defending champion Andy Murray surged into the third round of The Championships on Wednesday.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall watched third seed Murray improve to a 38-7 record at the All England Club after he steamrolled Blaz Rola 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in 83 minutes.

Murray hit seven aces and 27 winners against the Ohio State University graduate, who was making his Wimbledon debut this year. The British hope will now play No. 27 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, the winner of last week's Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, who was a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victor over Jan Hernych.

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“It was nice that she came to watch me,” said Murray, on the royal spectator. “When you are in a position to win a match like that, you have to try and do it as quickly as possible, because all of the players in this tournament are very, very good tennis players. If you give them a look in in a set or they see a way back in, they can start playing very well. You just try to keep it going.”

Murray trained with Bautista Agut in Valencia ahead of the Mutua Madrid Open in May. “He's a very good player. He won the tournament last week on the grass. He doesn't play like a lot of the Spanish guys. He plays very flat [with] not much topspin. The grass courts suit his game pretty well. It will be a step up for sure. He's improving all the time.”

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StakhovskySergiy Stakhovsky is at it again. Twelve months after beating seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round, the Ukrainian took out 12th seed Ernests Gulbis at the same stage.

The World No. 90 beat Gulbis, who has spent three weeks in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5) for a place in the third round. Stakhovsky lost 15 of his service points and committed just nine unforced errrors for victory in one hour and 55 minutes. Gulbis hit 14 aces and nine double faults.

Stakhovsky will next play Jeremy Chardy, who held on to beat Marinko Matosevic 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-6(9), 4-6, 7-5 in four hours and 15 minutes.

"He served well in the match," admitted Gulbis. "Nothing was working from my side. Two of my biggest weapons, my serve and return, weren't there. I couldn't get any free points from my serve. A lot of credit to Sergiy. That's why he beat Roger last year on grass. The guy has a good game plan. He comes in, he chips the ball, he takes out the pace."

Earlier on day three, Kevin Anderson fired 63 winners – including 24 aces – past Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a 7-6(0), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win to reach the third round for the second straight year.

Fabio Fognini, the No. 16 seed, beat qualifier Tim Puetz 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-3 and goes on to challenge Anderson. Fognini recovered from an 0-2 sets deficit for the fourth time in his career when he beat Alex Kuznetsov 9-7 in the fifth set on Monday.

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