Second-seeded Andy Murray defeated Italy’s unseeded Fabio Fognini on Centre Court Thursday afternoon, despite some significant difficulties.
The British World No. 2 player, now the singles favorite due to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s first-round departure, took a decisive 6-1 first set from Fognini.
But in the second set, Fognini seemed to gain confidence. He was unafraid to engage in longer rallies, patiently waiting for his shot. The Italian’s consistent style of play emphasized seizing opportunities as opposed to fancy shots or aggressive hitting. Fognini won the second set 6-2.