Andy Murray has issued an injury update following his win over James Duckworth at Wimbledon as he rediscovered his Centre Court mojo.
Murray came into Wimbledon with concerns over an abdominal injury that he sustained in the final of Stuttgart two weeks before the action was due to start in SW19.
There was little sign of the problem as he overcame a slow start to beat Duckworth 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, and after the match he confirmed he was now injury-free.
Asked about his injury after the match, Murray said: “It felt fine, to be honest.
"The last few days when I’ve been serving have been fine. I went to get a scan, an ultrasound scan on it on Saturday after my practice just to see how it was progressing.
"It was all clear for the first time on the scans, which is really positive.
“I wanted that kind of peace of mind to know that the injury has healed. Obviously, I still need to take precautions and still do some rehab and protect it when I can.”
Murray surprised everyone on Centre Court by delivering an underarm serve, with him winning the point too.
It was not the first time he has done it, with him also catching out Carlos Alcaraz in a similar manner at Indian Wells.
Many tennis traditionalists don't like it, but he maintains that it is a legitimate tactic in certain situations.
“He (Duckworth) changed his return position," he explained. "That’s why I did it.
"He was struggling a little bit on the first-serve return, so he stepped probably two meters further back. As soon as I saw him step further back, I threw the underarm serve in.
“I personally have no issue with players using it. I never have. Certainly, more and more players have started returning from further, further behind the baseline now to give themselves an advantage to return.”
Andy Murray will now face big-serving American John Isner, and he knows he is in for a real test.
"I played well against John in the past," he said. "I don’t think I’ve ever played him on grass before, so there will be different challenges.
“He’s played well here before. He was very close to making the final a few years ago. I’ll need to play really well and certainly return a bit better than I did tonight if I want to get through that.”
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