The build-up to the defence of Murray’s title has been dominated by concerns over his form and fitness after he was forced to miss two days of training.
But the Murray who lost so woefully to Jordan Thompson in the opening round at Queen’s Club two weeks ago was nowhere to be seen against lucky loser Alexander Bublik.
The Scot continued to limp between points, as he had since resuming practice on Friday, but when it mattered his movement was just one of the things he did well in a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory.
All that held up Murray were two brief rain delays, but he did not allow his momentum to be disrupted and eased to victory in an hour and 44 minutes, setting up a second-round clash with another unorthodox player in German-Jamaican Dustin Brown.
Murray said: ” I was a bit nervous this morning. I hadn’t been able to do as much as I would have liked in the build-up, didn’t know the guy I was playing.
“Obviously, first match at a slam, there’s always a few extra nerves. Once I got out there and got the early break, saved a few break points in my first service game, I felt good.
“I moved well. So for a first match, considering how I was feeling five, six days ago, it was really positive. ”
It must be a little off-putting for opponents to see Murray limping one minute and then sprinting around the court the next – but the world number one insisted he is not even aware he is walking any differently.
He said: “I don’t know if that’s something that’s come over the last couple of weeks when my hip’s been sore or I’ve always done it, and everyone is saying that I’m walking that way because of my hip.
“I’m not in a lot of pain when I’m walking, that’s for sure.”