Jonathan Marray will face his toughest hurdle yet at this year’s Wimbledon later today as he and men’s doubles partner Frederik Nielsen go up against the number two seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo for a place in the quarter-finals.
Marray and Nielsen dug deep on Saturday defeating the number 16 seeds Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-4 in the second round on Court 5.
Once again there were large crowds to watch the 34-year-old from Sheffield and his Danish teammate, who famously carried off the Wimbledon men’s doubles title in 2012.
“It wasn’t vintage tennis but we did well in the big moments and upped our energy when it mattered,” said Marray of Saturday’s victory.
“We did well to get the break of serve at the end of the third set and then broke again early in the fourth which was crucial.
“Neither of us played our best tennis but we found a way to win. Sometimes that’s what it’s all about – grinding out the results when you’re a bit off.”
Dodig and Melo won the French Open men’s doubles title last month so Marray and Nielsen know they will have to be at their very best in order to make the last eight.
“Melo is a really solid doubles player who makes all the right moves,” says Nielsen. “He takes out a lot of space at the net and gets set up by Dodig a lot.
“Dodig is a hell of a shot maker. He can hit winners from all over the court. The bigger the occasion, the bigger he seems to hit the ball.
“He also returns and serves extremely well. They don’t do a lot wrong, and together they’re a very good team.
“It’s going to be a very tough match.”