(CNN) -

For the first time in 78 years, a British man took to the grass courts of the All England Club as reigning Wimbledon champion.

If 2013 winner Andy Murrray was feeling the weight of history on his shoulders, it didn't show as he secured a comfortable 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Belgium's David Goffin on the first day of the tournament Monday.

Last year Murray became Britain's first men's singles champion since Fred Perry won the last of his three consecutive crowns in 1936.

The third seed began his defense by seeing off the challenge of world No. 105 Goffin in two hours and two minutes.

It was a milestone success for the Scot, who registered the 450th win of his career to set up a second round meeting with 92nd-ranked Slovenian Blaz Rola.

Tomas Berdych was in similarly commanding mood as the 2010 runner-up brushed aside Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

The women's competition also got under way with former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka battling past spirited Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 7-5. The Belorussian eighth seed will play Serb Bojana Jovanovski for a place in round three.

There was disappointment for rising American star Sloane Stephens, who failed to advance beyond the first round of a grand slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2011.

The 18th seed was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) by Russia's Maria Kirilenko, who will play China's Shuai Peng.

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