Andy Murray, a two-time champion, proved he still has much to give at Wimbledon by defeating Australian James Duckworth on Centre Court on Monday after overcoming a sluggish start.
Due to U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu's rapid rise, the 35-year-old Murray has not been the center of attention for the British media quite as much lately.
The dangerous Belgian Alison van Uytvanck was defeated by Raducanu earlier on Center Court, and Murray briefly appeared at risk of failing the team against Duckworth.
However, despite dropping the opening set, the former world number one displayed his talent to triumph 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 and set up a match with powerful American John Isner in the second round.
Fortunately for Murray, who maintained his record of never losing in the Wimbledon first round, he appeared to be in good shape. An abdominal issue had prevented him from practicing on the grass courts.
Duckworth, who like Murray overcame hip surgery, had lost eight straight matches on the Tour dating back to November, but he came out swinging.
He served out the set with another powerful forehand after breaking serve at 4-4 with a fierce forehand return winner.
The atmosphere on the court was unseeded yet quiet. The match was levelled by Murray, who now had Ivan Lendl back in his corner. Unfazed, Murray pounced for a 4-2 lead in the second set.
In the third set, Murray started to assert himself as the world's 74th-ranked player. Duckworth berated the lighting.
With the roof closed and the lights on for the fourth set, Duckworth was re-energized and pushed Murray hard. The Scotsman, though, took advantage of a weak Duckworth service game at 4-4, breaking when his rival sent a second serve into the net.
Murray, the 2013 and 2016 champion, didn't require a second invitation to win his 60th Wimbledon match. He did so after Duckworth chose to contest a second serve rather than participate in the rally and Hawkeye revealed the ball had crossed the line.