Duchess Kate attends opening day of Wimbledon

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Britain's Andy Murray will open Centre Court play today as he attempts to make history once again at the 131st Wimbledon Championships.

Des Robson has been in the queue since 1am on Saturday morning after deciding that watching the tennis tournament year after year on the television was not good enough any more.

"I've played well over 600 matches and I don't remember ever discussing a match with my opponent while it's still going on, but that's what happened during the rain delay".

Andy Murray opens Centre Court action against one of the biggest characters of the ATP's so-called NextGen group of players - Alexander "Sasha" Bublik.

He did appear to walk stiffly between points, though, and said: "I don't know if that's something that's come over the last couple of weeks when my hip's been sore".

But ahead of the 30-year-old's clash with lucky loser Alexander Bublik, Judy admitted she felt helpless to influence the occasion and could only hope for the best.

Murray said if he looked awkward in the way he moved he did not think it had anything to do with his hip. If you're in a little bit of pain, but you can still run as normal, that doesn't affect how you play.

Asked how he might fare not being the crowd favourite, Brown joked: "Who said I won't be?"

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"You take one match at a time, but he's been playing at Wimbledon since 2002 when he first got into the junior events as a 15-year-old, so he knows exactly what to expect". There's not loads of rhythm. Obviously, first match at a slam, there's always a few extra nerves.

Murray won the first set 6-1 and when he broke in the first match of the second set it looked set to be a whitewash.

The duchess was animated throughout Murray's rain-disrupted match, applauding vigorously and punching the air in excitement.

Bublik played another slack service game in the opening game of the second set, handing Murray an advantage which the Brit held comfortably until serving for the set at 5-4.

The build-up to the defence of Murray's title had been dominated by concerns over a hip injury and the world number one's poor form in 2017. After an hour and 44 minutes it was as good a start as he could have imagined.

However, in the early exchanges, it was Murray who found success with a couple of acute drop shots, as well as some great dexterity around the net.

"It's rare to find a player that is 100 per cent fit but that's the brutal reality of most elite sport".

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