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Wimbledon 2023: Murray & Norrie Win First Round

todayJuly 5, 2023 6

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Andy Murray has maintained his record of never losing in the Wimbledon first round with an encouraging victory over fellow Briton Ryan Peniston.

The two-time champion Murray, ranked 40th in the world, started slowly against wildcard Peniston on Centre Court.

But the Scot showed his greater class to fight off early break points, before going up a gear to win 6-3 6-0 6-1.

British number one Cameron Norrie, a semi-finalist last year, won 6-3 4-6 6-1 6-4 against Czech Tomas Machac.

But Dan Evans, seeded 27th, lost 6-2 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to France’s Quentin Halys.

The home quartet were among the small number of players who could complete their first-round matches on Tuesday, with the all-British affair between Murray and world number 268 Peniston taking place under the Centre Court roof, where Evans also played in a late-night finish.

In-between, as the rain that decimated day two beat down on the Court One roof, 12th seed Norrie came through a tricky test against qualifier Machac.

On a court where he won in the last 16 and quarter-finals last year, Norrie produced a largely composed display as he started his bid to replicate the best Grand Slam run of his career.

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“It was a lot of fun coming out to that court, so special, a lot of good memories there,” he said.

“I reckon I played a really good match with some normal drops in there but there was a lot to learn from and take from that match. It was a good day and nice to get the win.”

According to BBC Sports, both Norrie and Murray, who could face each other in the fourth round, are still waiting to find out their next opponents.

Norrie, 27, will play American Christopher Eubanks or Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, while Murray, 36, faces Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem.

Written by: Debby Eselebor

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