(June 23, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Defending champion Andy Murray was welcomed with a standing ovation as he entered Wimbledon Centre Court on Monday. The Scot made the audience happy with a straight set win over Belgium’s David Goffin 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.
“Obviously, like I said the other day, I was pretty nervous and stuff before the match,” Murray said. “Then when you’re walking to the court, you know, I have a lot of memories obviously from last year.
“Yeah, to come to the court and get that reception, yeah, it was very nice to come out. I think the crowd was pretty much full from the start. It was great.
“Yeah, enjoyed it for the walk to the chair. Then when I sat down, it was time to get on with business”.
“I played very well.” said the world No. 5. “I hit the ball very well. I hit the ball clean from the beginning of the match. There wasn’t any moments where I felt like I was mistiming balls. I hit the ball clean.
“I thought the second and third sets were very high level. I thought he played very well. He was aggressive. He goes for his shots. He moves extremely well. He’s very quick around the court. He has great hands up at the net, as well.
“I thought he played some really good tennis. He played a bad game from 40-Love up at 5-All in the third set. But it was very good.”
Among those in the Royal Box watching the Scot, were special guests Murray’s father and grandparents and retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, along with his girlfriend.
Murray was asked about “the big Aristotle in press.
“I saw him after the match,” Murray said, “just when I came off. I never met him before.
“But, yeah, he’s a big boy, that’s for sure. He was huge,” Murray said with a big grin.
“Yeah, he’s very entertaining. I watch him on the TV a lot when I’m over in the States. Yeah, he said that was the first time he’d been to the tennis before. He enjoyed it. It was nice. “
Murray will play Blaz Rola of Slovenia in the second round, who moved on a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory against Pablo Andujar of Spain. Rola said about playing Murray on Centre Court next, “Hopefully, I don’t poop my pants and don’t play well.”
Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon