Best of British set to share centre stage at Wimbledon

Frank Dalleres
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WIMBLEDON will be treated to the rare spectacle of Britain’s top man and woman both playing on Centre Court today, when Andy Murray and Laura Robson bid to reach round three of the grand slam.

Robson, who has been tipped as a future world top-five player following her elimination of 10th seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round, is scheduled to play at 1pm after her match was rained off last night.

She is in the unfamiliar position of favourite for her match with Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino as she attempts to reach the last 32 at the All England Club for the first time in her burgeoning career.

Murray, whose hopes of becoming the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936 have been boosted by the shock exits of former winners Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, is third on Centre Court.

The world No2 meets Spain’s Tommy Robredo, who is ranked 27 places beneath the Scot but a gutsy competitor who fought back from two sets down on three consecutive occasions at the French Open this month.

Robson and Murray’s appearance on Centre Court will evoke memories of last summer’s London 2012 Olympics, when they combined to win silver in the mixed doubles, just hours after he had won men’s singles gold.

In between their respective second-round clashes, 15th seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain meets Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, with the victor set to meet either Murray or Robredo on Monday.

Women’s top seed Serena Williams, meanwhile, has welcomed Murray’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion that they play an exhibition match in Las Vegas.

“I doubt I’d win a point but that would be fun,” she said. “Maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown.”

Centre Court (1pm start)
Laura Robson (GBR) v Mariana Duque-Marino
Nicolas Almagro v Jerzy Janowicz
Tommy Robredo v Andy Murray (GBR)

Court One (1pm start)
David Ferrer v Roberto Bautista Agut
Petra Kvitova v Ekaterina Makarova
Viktor Troicki v Mikhail Youzhny