Wimbledon: Last year’s men’s doubles champion Jonny Marray played twice on Saturday but was victorious on both occasions.
The Sheffield man, armed with a new partner this year in the form of Colin Fleming, is into the third round of his defence after the British pair earned a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak, before he and Heather Watson joined up to see off Robin Haase and Alicja Rosolska.
Fleming, excellent on returns while Marray shines at the net, said later that it can take time for a partnership to gel, but this one, already tested in the Davis Cup, is showing promise.
“It’s been a new challenge, as I play on a different side of the court now, but it’s really nice to keep Jonny’s run going at Wimbledon,” said Fleming.
“He’s obviously a top grass-court player. You can have one-off success straightaway with a new partner but, when it comes to the key points in events like this, having had time together helps.”
They were comfortable on Saturday with a break in each of the first two sets, then breaking back immediately after dropping serve at the start of the third, which seemed to knock the stuffing out of the opposition.
Now a stern test awaits at 11.30 this morning on Court 7 in the form of Daniel Nestor, a vastly experienced doubles player ranked fifth in the world, and Robert Lindstedt, who has played – and lost – in the last three Wimbledon finals. Freddie Nielsen, the Dane with whom Marray landed the title last year, saw his campaign this time stutter to a halt as he and Grigor Dimitrov were beaten 8-6 in their deciding set by Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic.
Laura Robson has told her mother to stay at home and carry on dog-sitting rather than come to Wimbledon to watch her stunning performance. Robson pulled off a terrific comeback on Saturday to beat Marina Erakovic and become the first British woman to make it through to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 15 years.
The 19-year-old has piloted her way through to the second week without the presence of most of her immediate family.
Tim Henman is convinced Andy Murray can cope with the sky-high expectations as he heads into the second week.After one of the most remarkable weeks in Wimbledon history, second seed Murray finds himself as the only star name left in the bottom half of the men’s draw. Henman said: “He has the maturity and the experience.”