On-fire Murray serves up Haase thrashing

Andy Murray wasn't troubled in Round 2 at Wimbledon
Andy Murray wasn't troubled in Round 2 at Wimbledon
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Andy Murray fired an ominous warning to his rivals for the Wimbledon title by racing into the third round by demolishing Robin Haase.

The third set was a tighter affair, but Murray was always in control and in around an hour and a half the match was done and dusted and the Scot could look ahead to the third round.

Murray was expected to be pushed hard by Haase of the Netherlands, ranked 78 in the world, but the former SW19 champion put on a sparkling display on Court Number One to secure a 6-1 6-1 6-4 victory.

Murray and Haase had met on four previous occasions, three of which came at Grand Slams, with the Scot holding a 3-1 winning record in the head-to-head.

Murray had twice come out on top at the US Open and once at the Australian Open, with the only win for Haase coming seven years ago on home soil in Rotterdam and the Dutchman never looked like being able to repeat that victory.

Third seed and 2013 champion Murray raced through the first two sets in less than an hour, displaying power from the back of the court, as well as an aggressive approach which saw him come to the net on a number of occasions.

The third set was a tighter affair, but Murray was always in control and in around an hour and a half the match was done and dusted and the Scot could look ahead to the third round.

And 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, working for BBC Sport, was full of praise for the performance of Murray, saying: "What a performance that was.

"He cruised through last year after a few early wins and we were singing his praises, but this has been much more impressive. A new style of play, the way you should play on grass - attacking and coming into the net."

Murray was crowned champion at Wimbledon in 2013, but 12 months ago the defence of his title ended in the quarter-finals when he was thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov and he is eager to try and make a concerted challenge for a third Grand Slam crown this time around.

And, having not been entirely satisfied with his performance in round one against Mikhail Kukushkin, Murray was a little more pleased with his performance against Haase.

He added: "There are still nerves throughout the match, that is good for me because I like it when I am nervous. I feel I give more attention when I am that way.

"I am very happy with the way I played. I felt there were things I could do better in the first round, but today I did things much better. I felt like I dictated the baseline rallies."

The news for the British men got even better shortly after Murray wrapped up his win, with James Ward seeing off Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in four sets to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

Ward prevailed 6-2 7-6 3-6 6-3 against the left-handed Vesely to back up a victory over Luca Vanni in round one in fine style.

The 28-year-old British number four had previously won just one Grand Slam match in eight attempts before Wimbledon got underway, but showed some of the confidence and ability that has been evident in recent Davis Cup outings.

In the last 18 months Ward has beaten both Sam Querrey and John Isner in Davis Cup singles rubbers and his win over Vesely ensures that he will be ranked inside the top 100 for the first time in his career.

And a defiant Ward told the BBC after his latest triumph: "A lot of people can get off my back now. The third round of Wimbledon is great, I can't put it into words."

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