Different partner, same old story. On a day of massive shocks at Wimbledon at least Britain was able to count on Sheffield’s Jonny Marray to deliver the goods.
Last year, the 32-year old famously won the men’s doubles title at the All England Club along with Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.
This time around Marray is partnering fellow Brit Colin Fleming and on last night’s evidence the number nine seeds look to be a match for anyone in the competition.
Drawn against the Slovakian pair of Martin Klizan and Igor Zelenay in the first round, Marray and Fleming kept their nerve during two tense opening sets before going through the gears in the third and decisive fourth, ultimately triumphing 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 6-4 in front of a packed Court 14 crowd.
“It’s always great playing here and obviously this year is a bit different for me, and not just because I’m playing with Colin,” says Marray. “I’ve got great memories of last year and that gives me a lot of confidence. Every time I play here now will be that extra bit special. There are a few more people around the courts watching now, and that’s nice having them behind us. It definitely helps.”
Marray and Fleming will now face Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia tomorrow for a place in the third round.
“I’m not thinking about winning it (the title) at this precise moment in time,” adds Marray. “If we get to the final, then I’ll start thinking about winning it.”
In the men’s singles, Roger Federer’s run of 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-final appearances came to an end last night after he lost in the second round to world number 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky.