Murray eases into third round at Wimbledon

 

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Wimbledon, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion Andy Murray was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at Wimbledon.

The third-seeded two-time major champion blasted 2013 NCAA singles champion Blaz Rola, of Slovenia, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 on the No. 1 Court at the All England Club, where Murray has now won his last 15 matches, including an Olympic gold medal run in 2012.

The 27-year-old Murray raced past the helpless 23-year-old Rola in 1 hour, 24 minutes.

Murray beat Novak Djokovic in last year's final to give Britain its first male singles Wimbledon champion in 77 years.

Rapidly rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 11th this fortnight, blew past Aussie Luke Saville, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

A Day 3 upset came when Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky ousted 12th-seeded French Open semifinalist Ernests Gulbis, of Latvia, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Stakhovsky famously stunned Roger Federer in the second round here last year.

Also, 20th-seeded towering South African Kevin Anderson topped Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-6 (7-0), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 21st-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov overcame last week's Den Bosch, Netherlands, runner-up Benjamin Becker, of Germany, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-0), 6-3, 6-4.

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