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Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray begins defence with win over David Goffin

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Andy Murray made a perfect start to the defence of his Wimbledon title with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 win over David Goffin on Centre Court.

Mark Bollons reports live from Wimbledon

The British number one was quick out of the blocks in-front of a partizan ground, taking the opening set in just 29 minutes as his Belgian opponent struggled with the occasion of playing the reigning champion in the first match on the big stage in 2014.

IMPROVEMENT

However, Goffin was not to be overawed moving into the second set, and the 23-year-old - ranked 105 in the world - started to show why many were tipping him for a big future in the game just a few years ago.

He's been as high as 42 in the rankings in the past, but he didn't have enough to put Murray under sustained pressure, and the Scot claimed it 6-4 in just 41 minutes.

The third set followed a similar pattern, and whilst Goffin again found some impressive returns to please the crowd at SW19, he was broken just the once at the business end of proceedings and lost the set - and match - 7-5.

MAURESMO

Amelie Mauresmo will have been pleased with what she saw on day one, with the victory coming just a week after the number three seed crashed out at Queen's to veteran Radek Stepanek.

Murray will now face Blaz Rola in the second round on Wednesday, after the 23-year-old Slovenian - ranked 92nd in the world - overcame Pablo Andujar in straight sets on one of the outside courts.

Rola has suffered recent setbacks against British opposition, with James Ward getting the better of his opponent at both French Open qualifying and then Queens in a matter of weeks.

WARD EXIT

However, his Wimbledon is already over after a straight sets defeat to Mikhail Youzhny on Court 3.

The Russian was in imperious form against the number 154-ranked Brit, and Ward could only pick up five games in a crushing 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 defeat.

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