Lone survivor Murray happy to carry home hopes

WORLD No2 Andy Murray says he thrives on having the hopes of the nation rest firmly on his shoulders after proving Britain’s only winner at Wimbledon once again yesterday.

Murray’s 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Germany’s Benjamin Becker was the only home success in seven contests involving home players, but the British No1 is happy to have all eyes on him.

“This period is quite stressful, but also enjoyable,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed the grass court season, being around friends and family, being able to go home at night. There is a certain pressure that comes with that, it’s just something you’ve got to deal with.”

Murray faces Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in round two, after he beat Britain’s James Ward, while Kyle Edmund and compatriots Elena Baltacha, Johanna Konta, Samantha Murray and Anne Keothavong all lost.