(June 11, 2014) Andy Murray returned to where his grass-court journey started twelve months ago and immediately picked up where he left off.
The defending Aegon Championships and Wimbledon champion cruised past Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4. He will now face Radek Stepanek in round three at The Queen’s Club in London.
“I was looking forward to getting back on the court,” said Murray. “I enjoy playing here, I love being back on the grass. Grass is a surface I have always enjoyed. Today was a good start.”
His victory was the first earned in front of new coach Amelie Mauresmo, who earlier joined him on the practice court for the first time.
After the match, Murray explained why he opted to work with Mauresmo, citing the Frenchwoman’s strengths, his requirements, and her many achievements in the sport. If all goes according to plan, they will work together beyond the grass court season.
“I hope it works out long term because I like her,” said Murray. “She’s a good person. I hope it works out well.”
Elsewhere, Stanislas Wawrinka went through easily because a shoulder injury forced Marcos Baghdatis to retire while 2-3 down. Wawrinka will now take on the 2010 champion Sam Querrey in the third round.
Jo Wilfried Tsonga also prevailed, but four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt fell to Feliciano Lopez, and the French Open semifinalist Ernests Gulbis went out to Kenny De Schepper.
On Thursday, the second seed Tomas Berdych starts against Adrian Mannarino, then Murray faces Radek Stepanek. They are followed on to the court by Wawrinka vs. Querrey and then Jo Wilfried Tsonga vs. Marinko Matosevic.
A doubles match featuring Britain’s Jamie Murray and Australian partner John Peers against the five-time doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan Bryan will bring the Centre Court programme to a close.
De Schepper vs. Lopez, Grigor Dimitrov vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, and Alex Dolgopolov vs. Jarkko Niemenen will be the first three matches on Court One.
RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 11 JUNE 2014
Singles – Second Round
 [WC] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) 32 ret. (shoulder)
 A Murray (GBR) d P Mathieu (FRA) 64 64
 J Tsonga (FRA) d D Goffin (BEL) 76(5) 62
K De Schepper (FRA) d  E Gulbis (LAT) 76(3) 75
 A Dolgopolov (UKR) d D Istomin (UZB) 76(3) 76(7)
 F Lopez (ESP) d L Hewitt (AUS) 63 64
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d  V Pospisil (CAN) 64 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d  D Tursunov (RUS) 76(3) 76(3)
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d  N Mahut (FRA) 63 16 76(5)
 R Stepanek (CZE) d B Tomic (AUS) 76(4) 76(5)
M Matosevic (AUS) d L Lacko (SVK) 76(3) 63
A Mannarino (FRA) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 61 62
Doubles – Second Round
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 75
 L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d N Monroe (USA) / V Pospisil (CAN) 76(1) 61
 R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d J Chardy (FRA) / D Tursunov (RUS) 76(2) 64
K Anderson (RSA) / J Erlich (ISR) d  T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 67(5) 64 10-4
 C Fleming (GBR) / M Matkowski (POL) d E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) 64 76(3)
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 12 JUNE 2014
CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
A Mannarino (FRA) vs  T Berdych (CZE)
 R Stepanek (CZE) vs  A Murray (GBR)
 [WC] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs S Querrey (USA)
M Matosevic (AUS) vs  J Tsonga (FRA)
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
K De Schepper (FRA) vs  F Lopez (ESP)
 G Dimitrov (BUL) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs  A Dolgopolov (UKR)
After appropriate rest – A Dolgopolov (UKR) / E Gulbis (LAT) vs  J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
COURT 9 start 2:00 pm
 K Anderson (RSA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
F Lopez (ESP) / J Melzer (AUT) vs  A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)