As Wimbledon gets rolling, it’s hard to look at the first matches and make any logical projections. It’s never a wise strategy, but it’s possible to glean a little bit of insight from the first round of play.
What can be said for certain is that Andy Murray is playing with something to prove — and he looks to be a complete beast.
Again, it’s unwise to make projections, but the third-seeded Murray was an absolute monster in his first match, dominating Belgian David Goffin in straight sets. It’s not so much that he took Goffin in sets, but the manner in which he did it. Murray going 85 percent on first-serve points was more than him being the better player — he was sending a clear message.
The second-seeded Novak Djokovic had a solid first round, taking down Andrey Golubev in sets, but was no where near as dominating in victory as Murray. While it seems that Djokovic has the goods to go deep in the tournament, he’s not near the wild beast Murray is proving to be unless he’s pacing himself.
Paolo Lorenzi dropped to Roger Federer in their opening match, as was expected. The difference with that is shown in the numbers as Federer put up a performance close to Murray’s. This early in the tournament, small peeks like that can give some insight to what lies down the road.
Obviously, Rafael Nadal is the wildcard in this scenario. There are few players in the world with his level of intensity, and he could be the monkey wrench in Murray’s plans late in the tournament. As it stands after the first round, Nadal and Federer are the players Murray needs to watch film on to realize his future tournament plans.
Nadal is known to go into beast mode late in a tournament, and that should concern Murray. However, the defending champion would be wise to plan around Federer, placing him high on the “things to worry about” list.