Andy Murray barely broke a sweat as he thrashed Robin Haase 6-1 6-1 6-4 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.
In stark contrast to Tuesday’s match where Murray toiled a little in 35 degree heat, the Scot thrived at a cooler, cloudier Wimbledon as he produced some of his best tennis.
The veteran Dutchman actually played well at times, particularly in the third set.
But every time he threatened, 2013 champion Murray simply moved up another gear with the same unanswerable variety of shotmaking that saw him cruise to the title at Queen’s Club 11 days ago.
Even in the final game of the match Haase pushed hard, provoking a lengthy rally as Murray was two points away from the match.
Andy Murray at Wimbledon
But as the underdog charged the net seemingly set to kill off the point, Murray beat him with a crosscourt winner that dipped so sharply over the net it inspired Haase to literally stand applauding his opponent for producing a shot that was literally unplayable.
“I was very happy with the way I played. I thought there were some things I could have done better in the first round but my opponent Kukushkin was playing unbelievably aggressive and made it very difficult for me to impose myself on the match,” Murray said courtside.
“Whereas today I did that much better, I was able to come forward and I felt I was dictating more of the baseline rallies and played a good match.”