A very business-like Murray perhaps silenced some of his detractors since the end of his clay campaign and early exits at both Queens Club and the exhibition event at The Boodles.
He dominated his match against Nikolay Davydenko, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.
Murray said: â€œI played well.
â€œOnce I got ahead of him, I wanted to make sure I didn’t let him back in.â€
Although it has been a while since Davydenko has been in his ATP World Tour Final winning form of 2009, Murray was quick to acknowledge that this match-up might not be a walk in Wimbledonâ€™s Aorangi Park.
â€œHe’s very, very dangerous.
â€œHe’s a very good returner as well.
â€œI needed to stay concentrated on my serve, and I did it well.â€
There had been some speculation as to the success of his coaching relationship with eight-time Slam Champion Ivan Lendl, after his quarter-final exit from the French Open, and first round exits at Queenâ€™s Club and The Boodles exhibition event.
Murray said: â€œI never saw him play when I was a kid.Â I’ve only seen him play since I got older.
â€œHe was obviously a great player, very ruthless, one of the best players that ever played.
â€œI’m glad to have him working with me.â€
In the past Murray has been drawn on his view on the success of his compatriots, especially if they crash out in the first round.
But in this Olympic year, he is joined in the second round currently by James Ward, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson who booked her place in the Centre Court dusk on Monday night.
â€œAnytime the Brits do well in slams it’s good for British tennis.
â€œIt’s been a good tournament so far, and hopefully it continues.â€
For Baltacha, it was a gritty match, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 with Karin Knapp getting the better of her in the first set.
A bad slip saw Knapp injure herself at the start of the second start, allowing Baltacha back in.
Baltacha said: â€œI played well and I fought, and I was very, very delighted to have won that and to come through that being a set down.
British Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray gave her the Olympic news at the end of the match, and emotions were flowing freely for the both of them.
â€œI was very, very emotional at the end, especially with Judy.Â She told me that I got the wildcard for the Olympics.â€
â€œI’m glad no one told me before, to be honest, because I would have been all over the place.
â€œBut, yeah, it was just amazing news.Â I think that’s why we both just started crying our eyes out.â€
It looked initially like Laura Robson would be starting the British-second-round-roll taking the first set from an injury-troubled Francesca Schiavone who had to take an extended medical time out.
She took the 2010 French Open champion to three sets, losing 6-3, 4-6, 4-6.
Robson said: â€œI’m really disappointed actually.
â€œI thought I was in control of it, and then just made a few mistakes and let her get back into the match.
â€œShe’s a Grand Slam champion.Â She took advantage of that completely.â€
James Ward came through a tough five-setter staying positive despite being a break down in the fifth set, beating Pablo Andujar 4-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Ward said: â€œI always knew if I kept to my own serve and I started serving a bit smarter and towards the end of the match, because he was returning really well off his backhand, so I mixed it up, bit more body and forehand, and then got a few more free points.
â€œI knew I had it in the tank, and I knew if I kept carried on going I’d get a few chances, and in the end it worked out.â€
However, there was a little disappointment for Ward, as he missed the Olympic cut.
â€œOf course it’s disappointing.
â€œIt would have been great to be playing the home Olympics in London.Â It’s once in a lifetime really.
â€œAnd being from London and obviously now playing well at Wimbledon, it would have been great to play again here again in a few weeks’ time.
â€œBut it’s not to be.Â My ranking is not where it is.â€
Along with Murray, Anne Keothavong won her match on straight sets, beating Laura Pous-Tio 6-3, 6-3.
She said: â€œThe win today was good.Â I think I made it a little difficult for myself out there.
â€œBut I felt like I settled into the match well eventually, and I never really felt I was going to lose the match.â€
Keothavong found out about her place in the British Olympic team just before starting play.
â€œJust to have that confirmation, it’s just something I’ve always dreamt about, you know, something I’ve worked hard towards, and I’m just so proud to say I can be representing Great Britain at the Olympics this year.â€
Great Britain will have eight players in the Olympic Tennis tournament.
Wildcards went to Keothavong and Baltacha for the womenâ€™s singles, with Robson and Watson teaming up in the doubles.
Murray qualifies by right for the menâ€™s singles, and will team up with older brother Jamie for the doubles, along with the regular tour pairing of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.
The Mixed Doubles line up is yet to be announced.
Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.