RAFAEL Nadal’s shock Wimbledon exit has piled even more pressure on Andy Murray’s shoulders and now the Scot’s former coach Miles Maclagan is plotting his downfall today.
Little-known Czech Lukas Rosol caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history yesterday when he dumped out the two-time Wimbledon champion in the second round.
Nadal has beaten Murray three times at the All England Club, including in successive semi-finals, and the pair were seeded to meet again in the last four this year.
Maclagan, who worked with Murray between 2007 and 2010, is coach to the Scot’s third round opponent - Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. He said: “He has a chance, it’s definitely slim. Andy’s a heavy favourite. But what happened has probably made a lot of guys in the locker room sit up.
“The top guys will be thinking, ‘Wow, we can be beaten’, and the players think, ‘We can beat the top guys’. You claw every bit of hope you can. Even a match that’s not that even, the percentages are still quite small often.”
Heather Watson’s march through Wimbledon was brought to a halt yesterday by world number three Agnieszka Radwanska.
The 20-year-old, who became the first British woman to make it to the third round in a decade, was defeated 6-0 6-2 by Polish Radwanska.
Watson put up a valiant defence, but her departure means Britain has no women left in the Grand Slam and the nation’s hopes now rest firmly on the shoulders of Murray.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both into the last 16.