Andy Murray produced some superb tennis to blitz Blaz Rola in straight sets in the second round of Wimbledon 2014.
Mark Bollons reports from Court One at Wimbledon
The British number one admitted in his press conference on Monday that he knew little about the Slovenian, ranked 92nd in the world. However, he clearly did his homework alongside new coach Amelie Mauresmo to put the 23-year-old to the sword with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Murray kicked-off proceedings on Court One, away from his usual spot on Centre, and took just 84 minutes to dismantle his opponent with a mix of powerful hitting and subtle touches that Rola simply had no answer for.
Seeded number three for the tournament as he looks to defend his title, the world number three took eight of his 13 break points when presented with the opportunities, whilst saving three himself when put under rare pressure.
Murray started with intent in-front of a crowd delighted to be seeing the home favourite, and claimed the first break in the opening game of the match. And, whilst Rola would hold his next service game, he was never able to fully recover, throwing in 13 unforced errors as the pressure grew. It lasted just 28 minutes
The second set followed a similar pattern, with Murray breaking at the first opportunity before taking a much more commanding lead. Indeed, it wasn't until Rola was 5-0 down that he got on the board this time around, but again it was done in quick time as the Scot claimed another two breaks in 32 minutes.
It would only get worse for the player who has started to make major draws this year - notably at the Australian Open - with Murray in no mood to let up, forcing a final set bagel in just 24 minutes.
The nature of the victory is sure to please Britain's first male Wimbledon champion in 77-years, and he moved into another gear from the win over David Goffin in the first round two days earlier.
Murray's early exit at Queen's now seems to be well behind him, with the French Open semi-finalist well rested and hitting form at the right time after a week of practice alongside Mauresmo.
Andy Murray will now face Jan Hernych or Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round, with the kind draw offering the Scot a gentle path into the second week at SW19.
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