Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Blaz Rola of Slovenia in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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Rola rolled over and far more stubborn foes await Murray as he seeks to retain the title he won in memorable fashion a year ago against Novak Djokovic, starting with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.The Serbian showed that Wimbledon was no place for a 35-year-old warrior as he beat battle-scarred Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(5) in a hugely entertaining contest to reach the third round.Bulgarian 11th Grigor Dimitrov is lurking in the top half of the draw and, like Murray, has also won his first six sets.Five-time champion Venus Williams moved on, however, reaching the third round of a major for the first time in 18 months by beating Japan's Kurumi Nara 7-6(4) 6-1 .Former U.S. college student Rola, playing his maiden Wimbledon and against a top-20 player for the first time, had the temerity to earn a break point in each of the first two sets. Both times Murray responded with a booming ace.
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