June 22, 2017

Andy Murray Routs Blaz Rola to Earn Berth in Third Round

(June 25, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Third seed and defending champion Andy Murray completely demolished Blaz Rola of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0 in 84 minutes to move into the round of 32 on Wednesday on Court No. 1.

“Finish matches as quickly as you can,” the Scot said.  “If you have the momentum with you and you’re playing well, that’s what you need to try to do.

“I spoke a little bit about the French Open a few weeks ago, some of the matches where I was ahead, you know, I didn’t finish the sets and stuff off as best as I would have liked.  So I wanted to make sure here that when I had the momentum, when I was on top, that I finished the sets off.  I did that well today.”


Murray hit 27 winners during the match and won double the total number of points won by his opponent 84-42.

Murray spoke about working with his new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

“It’s been good.  I enjoy spending time with her on the court.  I enjoy spending time with her off it.  We chatted well about the matches.  You know, we obviously discussed the things, you know, I felt like I needed to improve or add things to my game.  We’ve chatted about that.  We agreed on most things, so that’s good.

“But, yeah, I think it’s been working well so far.  But, again, like I said at the beginning of the tournament, it’s very difficult to make a change in the space of a week.  It takes time in all sports.

“You know, if things go well, if we agree to keep working together, then I’ll have some time after the tournament.”

Murray will face  No. 23 Roberto Agut of Spain in the third round.

“I practiced in Valencia before the tournament in Madrid,” Murray said. “ I practiced with him.  I practiced with him quite a lot.

“He’s a very good player.  He won the tournament last week on the grass in Holland.  He doesn’t play like a lot of the Spanish guys.  He plays very flat.  Not much topspin.  The grass courts suit his game pretty well.  He’s obviously started well here.

“It will be a step up for sure.  I think he’s probably in the top 20 in the world now.  He’s improving all the time.”

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