Greg Rusedski reckons Andy Murray can get to the second week of Wimbledon.
He feels he has a real shot to go deep this year. This is the best I’ve seen him play at Wimbledon in a long time. There’s a lot of positive signs Greg Rusedski
Murray will face big-serving John Isner in the second round after maintaining his record of winning his opening match at the tournament by defeating Australian James Duckworth.
The two-time champion holds an 8-0 advantage in his head to head with former semi-finalist Isner who hit 54 aces in overcoming Enzo. Couacaud of France in five sets.
Rusedski, a US Open final and All England quarter finalist in 1997 and ex-British No.1, said: “There’s nothing like being a professional tennis player and playing on Centre Court. These are the moments you live for, you dream of, when you are a youngster.
“For Andy, he’s won the title on two occasions but as he said himself after beating Duckworth, he doesn’t know how much longer he’d be able to play on this magic court. There’s one thing to play in the legends event here, but he has enough to think he can play at the main tournament. He feels he has a real shot to go deep this year. This is the best I’ve seen him play at Wimbledon in a long time. There’s a lot of positive signs.
“But boy he has a big test in the next round against the big-serving American John Isner. If I’m the tournament director I would say to Andy Murray, ‘What time do you want to play on Centre Court, first or last match of the day. Which conditions are going to suit you against the big-serving American?’, because I think with the form we saw against Duckworth, I think Murray has a real chance to get into the second week. I think he’ll beat Isner if he can keep up that form.”
Murray also impressed legend John McEnroe who described Murray’s performance against Duckworth as “a master at work”.
He added: “The quarters would be an excellent result for Andy Murray and anything beyond that would be serious gravy – but he won’t probably see it like that.”
Murray is determined not to waste the current opportunity.
The former world No.1, who has a metal hip after long-term problems in that area of his body, is now 35.
The Brit, with wife Kim, mum Judy and dad Willie cheering him on, said: “Obviously I’m getting on a bit now so I don’t know how many more opportunities I’ll get to play on this court, so I want to make the most of every time I get to come out here. Hopefully I’ll get another match on here in a couple of days.
“I was amazing to be back out there again with a full crowd after the last few years. It’s an amazing atmosphere.
“I thought I did well to rebound after (losing) the first set. He likes playing on the grass. He’s come back from a hip surgery himself in January and was playing well. Once I started to find my returns I felt comfortable but I did well to get through it.
“There’s always nerves and pressure and butterflies and stress before the first match. It was a longer build-up for me than usual because of the injury I had from Stuttgart (in the final against Matteo Berrettini). It was great to get out there, get a win under my belt and hopefully I’ll play better from here on.”