Murray, Nadal, Serena advance in Wimbledon

Posted at Jun 27 2012 12:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 27 2012 08:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Andy Murray made a ruthless start to his seventh Wimbledon title bid as he crushed Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the first round.

The British fourth-seed, a semi-finalist for the past three years, needed one hour and 35 minutes to see off the former world No. 3.

Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win Wimbledon in 76 years.

Meanwhile, second-seed Rafael Nadal made a slow-burning start to his campaign as he was taken to a tie-break by Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci before winning.

The two-time champion and seven-time French Open champion wrapped up the proceedings in two hours and 15 minutes.

Four-time champion Serena Williams made an excellent start to the championships, coming through an athletic first-round match against Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Serena will face Hungarian qualifier Melinda Czink in the second round. -- Mornings @ ANC, June 27, 2012.