Perfect start for Murray

Andy Murray got the defence of his Wimbledon title off to an ideal start as he beat David Goffin in straight sets to advance to the second round.

Murray simply had too much firepower for his Belgian opponent as he completed a 6-1 6-4 7-5 success in a little over two hours on Centre Court.

The number three seed - whose serve was not broken during the contest - overwhelmed Goffin in the first couple of sets, but was extended in the third before raising his game late on to close out victory.

Murray quelled any early nerves as he eased into a 3-0 lead against Goffin, a talented but rather lightweight player ranked 105th in the world.

A lovely top-spin lob gave him another break of serve to lead 5-1 and he took his first set point when Goffin could not handle a big serve.

The Belgian's biggest achievement was reaching the fourth round at the French Open in 2012 and pushing his boyhood hero Roger Federer to four sets.

But he had lost his last seven grand slam matches and there never looked a serious prospect of his ending that run against the British No1.

Murray moved ahead early in the second set as well, breaking for 2-1, and then remained solid on his own delivery, eventually clinching it with his third ace.

The crowd had been fairly quiet as Murray cruised through the match but they roused themselves as Goffin made a big effort at the start of the third set.

The Belgian brought up his first two break points in the fourth game but Murray was impressive in saving them both.

It looked like Goffin would force a tie-break at least when he led 40-0 at 5-5 but Murray won the next five points to leave himself serving for the match.

He trailed 0-30 but fought back and a wayward Goffin forehand at the end of a long rally gave him a first match point, which he took with an ace.

In his second-round match on Wednesday, Murray will play Slovenian world number 92 Blaz Rola.