Wimbledon pleases home crowds

Wimbledon’s centre court gave Andy Murray a warm welcome yesterday as he succeeded in progressing to the second round of the championship.

The British player put in a confident performance to beat Russian Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets – 6-1 6-1 6-4 – in just over an hour and a half.

“The first two sets were very good, I got off to a great start,” Murray told BBC News.

However, he admitted that he had been keen to begin his Wimbledon challenge and become the first British player to win a Grand Slam title since 1936.

“I settle into matches a bit quicker than I used to. The last couple of weeks have been hard. I’ve been desperate to get going because there’s so much talk. It’s never easy playing in the first round at Wimbledon, but it was a good start,” said the player.

There was also success for other British players on the second day of the grass championship as Elena Baltacha, James Ward and Anne Keothavong all managed to win their first round matches.

Elena Baltacha beat Italian player Karin Knapp and was rewarded with a wildcard entry into the London 2012 Games.

“It was just amazing news. I was quite emotional anyway to have won that match. Then I went straight over to my team and Judy leant over and said: ‘I’ve got another piece of really good news for you. You have been given a spot at the Olympics,” explained the player who will face defending champion Petra Kvitova in the next round.

People enjoying top hotels in London are well placed to arrive early at the venue to queue for tickets which are released every day.

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