Murray in a hurry

Crewe Guardian: Andy Murray dropped just six games in his straight-sets victory Andy Murray dropped just six games in his straight-sets victory

Andy Murray put on a devastating display of grass-court tennis to hammer Nikolay Davydenko and race into the second round of Wimbledon.

The fourth seed was in rare form and did not make a single unforced error in the first two sets as he breezed past the Russian, a former world number three, 6-1 6-1 6-4 under grey skies on Centre Court.

The 25-year-old said: "The first two sets were very good. I got off to a great start. I've been waiting around since Queen's, I've been itching to get going. I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly. I was hitting the ball very cleanly, I used my slice very well."

Murray looked in great shape from the start and, although he could not quite sustain his level in the third set, it was more than good enough to set up a clash with either giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic or Dudi Sela of Israel.

Murray is playing in his seventh Wimbledon, and he added: "I probably settle into matches a bit quicker than I used to. There's been a lot of talk from a lot of people so I just wanted to start the tournament. The first round's never easy but it was a good start."

Grass is certainly not the Russian's favourite surface and Murray was quickly on the offensive. Davydenko saved a break point in the opening game but Murray threatened again at 1-1 and this time his opponent drilled a backhand wide.

Murray had not won a match on grass in the build-up but he has been hitting the ball well. The world number four looked rock solid and he made it six games in a row when Davydenko sent a forehand wide.

Another brilliant forehand winner down the line gave him a 2-0 lead in the second set. The Russian stopped the rot after nine straight games but he was being thoroughly outplayed and more punch from the Murray forehand helped him to another break and the second set.

He broke again at the start of the third but Davydenko, who won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals the first year it was held in London in 2009, was determined to at least restore some pride and he staved off yet more break points in the fifth game.

There was no stopping Murray, though. Davydenko saved two match points to at least make the British number one serve for it, which he managed with aplomb, clinching victory after an hour and 34 minutes when the Russian fired a return long.

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