Andy Murray got his defence of the Wimbledon crown off to a vibrant start as he cruised into the second round with a straight sets victory over David Goffin on the opening day at SW19.
On his return to the stage where he defeated Novak Djokovic to seal just his second grand slam last year, the 27-year-old booked his place in the second round with a 6-1 6-4 7-5 win over the young Belgian on Centre Court.
Murray will meet Blaz Rola in the second round on Wednesday after the Slovenian secured a 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory over Spain's Pablo Andujar in his opener.
After becoming the first Briton to win the Wimbledon title in 77 years 12 months ago, Murray received a standing ovation from those in attendance as he entered the court. The world no. five strolled into a 3-0 lead in the opening set within 12 minutes, wasting little time in asserting his dominance over the 23-year-old.
Goffin managed to claim his first game in the fourth of the contest but the diminutive Belgian could do little stop Murray, seeded third, from dismantling his opponent with forehand after forehand before holding serve to seal an emphatic opening set.
Murray showed little sign of slowing down as he sealed the second set with an emphatic ace down the middle in 71 minutes.
Goffin, ranked 105th in the world, began to show some signs of resilience in the third as he came within a shot of sealing the fourth game until he sent an over-ambitious drop shot into the net. It acted as a wakeup call for Murray, who swiftly reasserted his dominance and slammed home a forehand to restore his advantage,
Goffin took another advantage as Murray meekly netted the Belgian's serve before producing another backhand error from the baseline as the youngster took the lead, albeit a slightly unconvincing one.
After being pegged back once again, Goffin double faulted at 5-5 before losing serve and despite falling 0-30 behind when serving for the win, Murray powered his way back to seal victory.