Mark Philippoussis overcame the mid-afternoon heat and Zimbabwe's Byron Black to storm into the second round with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) victory on Centre Court. With on-court temperatures hovering over 30 degrees Celsius, 'Scud' was just glad to get his match over, although he admitted it was a hard slog all the way. 'It was always going to be tough against Byron because he's a tough player. Every match is tough. It's not easy, especially against a guy like him. 'It was hot out there and conditions were tough. The first match is never easy, but I'm glad I got that out of the way,' said the 23-year-old world number 14 from Melbourne. Philippoussis is undergoing changes in his game, saying he was going 'back to basics' while trying to enjoy the game with the same exuberance as when he was a rising teenager. 'I felt I served better today than I can remember. But Byron is a great counter-puncher and he's very quick. He was tough, keeping the ball in play. He does everything well,' said the former US Open finalist. 'I had good rhythm out there and certainly that made it easier. I'm feeling confident.' Philippoussis had no qualms about being first on court at the hottest time of the day, saying it was all part of the game. 'At two o'clock, of course it's going to be hot, but you have to be prepared. As long as they didn't put me on at 10am, I'd be struggling. I should be awake by 2pm. Like I said, it was hot out there and I won two tough tiebreakers. You just knew you were in for a long match,' he said. Philippoussis gradually wore down Black, the oldest man in the field who turns 31 on Friday, as he got his serves going to great affect. There were no breaks of service in both sets, but Philippoussis always got the better of his opponent, ranked 32nd in the world, to celebrate his first victory under his old coach, Peter McNamara.