Murray drops just two games in win over 2013 NCAA champion
Andy Murray was a man in a hurry.
The defending champion dropped just two games and needed only 81 minutes to blow away Blaz Rola of Slovenia 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, a dominant performance that showed he'll be tough to beat as he bids to become the first British player to retain the Wimbledon title in 77 years.
"If you can finish matches as quickly as possible it definitely helps in the long run," Murray said.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over Radek Stepanek in a match that featured only two service breaks.
No. 7 David Ferrer became the highest seeded men's player to go out so far. The Spanish clay-court specialist was beaten by Russia's 118th-ranked qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The loss ended Ferrer's streak of reaching at least the third round at 17 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Kuznetsov, the boys' champion at Wimbledon in 2009, achieved his first win over a top-10 player.
"He was better," Ferrer said. "A lot of winners. In important moments, he was more aggressive than me."
The man who shocked Roger Federer at Wimbledon a year ago, Sergiy Stakhovsky, pulled off another surprise Wednesday. The 90th-ranked Ukrainian used the same serve-and-volley style that worked against Federer in 2013 to beat 12th-seeded Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, coming of his win at the grass-court warm-up at Queen's Club, sailed into the third round by beating Australian qualifier Luke Saville 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Also advancing were No. 16 Fabio Fognini, No. 20 Kevin Anderson, No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov and No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut.