Andy Murray launched his attempt to win a second Wimbledon title with a routine victory over Liam Broady in the first all-British clash at the All England Club for 15 years. The 2013 champion warmed up for the third major of the season by winning a record fifth Queen's Club title and continued his good run on grass with an impressive display in the first round.
The 22-year-old Broady, the 2011 boys doubles champion and a singles runner-up in 2011, presented problems for Murray in dispatches but rarely threatened to cause an upset and claim just his second grand slam victory. Murray took the opening three games and never looked back to book his place in round two as he prevailed 6-2 6-3 6-4.
While the world number two will take on Yen-Hsun Lu for a place in the third round after he overcame Russia's Alexander Kudravtsev, Broady becomes the third British male to exit the main draw at SW19, following Kyle Edmund and Aljax Bedene – who lost in three sets to Richard Gasquet. Stanislas Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios are also through after victories in four sets over Taylor Fritz and Radek Stepanek respectively.
"When we start the match we are both trying to win, but it does not make it any easier," Murray told BBC Sport. "Liam played better as the match went on and fought through to the end and played some good stuff. The crowd is always very fair here, getting behind both players and knowing what a good shot is. Liam got a good ovation when he left court and I'm sure he will have enjoyed that."
Just minutes after Murray won the rain came and the courts were covered, leaving Centre Court as the only functioning court after the roof was drawn across.