Andy Murray Eases to Win Over Santoro

After two years away from Wimbledon’s Centre Court Andy Murray made his long awaited return with a bang defeating French Veteran Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in just over 2 hours.

Murray missed last year’s tournament with a serious wrist injury which kept out the whole of summer 2007, after today’s performance he certainly has not forgotten how to play or win on the Wimbledon grass.

The match was watched and commented for the BBC by Murray’s good friend and mentor Tim Henman and loud mouth former champion John McEnroe. Despite McEnroe trying to put Murray down at every chance he could get, Murray proved himself time after time. McEnroe criticised his fitness, despite Murray having a great 5 set record. The big bone of contention was Murray’s over use of the drop shot, it’s criticism I always struggle with. The reason that Murray appears to play the shot so often is because it is played so often by other players and Murray actually has a good success rate with that shot, It gets criticised because he plays it on vital points and doesn’t always win the point, but the same could be said for hitting a forehand long, should he stop playing forehands because he loses a vital point on it.

Santoro, the 35-year old Frenchman gave Murray a very good test today and after the match Murray said,

To win in straight sets against someone with as much experience is a good start, it was a really fun match. He hit some awesome shots, especially at the beginning, which got the atmosphere going. But once I settled down in the second set, I started to feel better about my game.

It had been Santoro’s dream to play on the famous centre court and left court smiling despite defeat.

Murray will now face Xavier Malise in the second round on Thursday.