Andy Murray will play John Millman in round three at Wimbledon this weekend after recording a comfortable straight-sets victory over in-form Yen-Hsun Lu.
The world number two, who began his quest for a second singles title at SW19 by easing past fellow Briton Liam Broady, eventually met little resistance on centre court and progressed 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in a time of one hour and 40 minutes.
Murray made something of a sluggish start against an opponent who boasted an 11-match winning streak and recently won grass court challenger tournaments in both Surbiton and Ilkley after being beaten by Dustin Brown in the final of the Aegon Manchester Trophy. The Scot immediately failed to hold serve and found himself 3-1 down inside 15 minutes before breaking back and winning five straight games to take the first set.
Right-hander Lu, who hails from Chinese Tapei and is currently ranked at 76 by the ATP, had lost three of his previous four meetings with Murray at Indian Wells, Wimbledon and Queen's Club but did eliminate him in the first round at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, when Murray claimed he was unprepared.
Lu began the second set in poor fashion, however, giving up an early break and missing the chance to secure one of his own before running out of steam en route to a daunting 2-0 deficit.
The signs were now looking very ominous indeed for the 2010 quarter-finalist and he double faulted before conceding another break early in the third. Murray, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the Australian and French Open finals already this year, then gave up just one more game before sealing an emphatic win.
"First set was tough," he told BBC Sport afterwards. "There were a lot of close games, I managed to hang on at the end of the first and then settled down towards the end of the second and was hitting the ball much better in third and feeling more comfortable.
"If you can win matches easily it does help because you can rest. It has been a good start. I will just try and do my best – work hard, keep my head down and hopefully have a good tournament."
Murray ended Great Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion at Wimbledon with victory over long-time rival Djokovic in 2013, but subsequently split from coach Ivan Lendl – who has now returned to the fold – and surprisingly linked up with Amelie Mauresmo before being knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Grigor Dimitrov 12 months later. Last year, he reached the semis before losing in straight sets to seven-time champion Roger Federer.