American Sam Querrey, the latest challenger to Sir Andy Murray’s Wimbledon throne, may be happy to fly under the radar but has the scent of another SW19 upset.
The 6ft 6in right-hander, who is ranked No28 in the world, has form for defying lengthy odds. Twelve months ago he shocked defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round, ending the Serbian’s run of 30 successive wins in grand slam matches.
Despite losing seven of eight career showdowns with Murray, including a 2010 tussle on Centre Court, the 29-year-old is targeting another heavyweight scalp in the full glare of the British spotlight when the duo meet on Wednesday.
“I’m sure a couple of football players are massive names but he is arguably the biggest athlete over here,” said Querrey.
“Not 100 per cent of America watches even the Super Bowl. It feels like everyone here watches Andy Murray at Wimbledon.
“I’m sure he feels the pressure sometimes. I’m just hoping I’m going to have a moment out there where I play great and play aggressive. You never know, hopefully win.
“Sometimes it’s fun to go out there and play when the crowd is behind the other player 100 per cent.
Querrey, who has nine career titles to his name, is bidding to become the first male American to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2009.