Tennis: World No 2 aims to handle Wimbledon pressure


Andy Murray knows full well what is expected of him at Wimbledon this year, even if he would rather ignore it.

The world number two reached the second week of the tournament in style with a 6-2 6-4 7-5 victory over 32nd seed Tommy Robredo under the roof on Centre Court last night.

For a set and a half Murray was untouchable and, although his level dropped, he never looked in any trouble as he set up a fourth-round match with Mikhail Youzhny or Viktor Troicki on Monday.

The turmoil of the first week means Murray’s half is largely shorn of instantly recognisable names, with 20th seed Youzhny the highest seed the Scot could have to beat to reach the final.

“I think there’s a lot more pressure on me now with (the big names) being out,” he said.

“I don’t read the papers but there are papers in the locker room, so you see some of the headlines and stuff. It’s not that helpful.

“But you need to be professional enough to not let that stuff bother you and just concentrate on each match. I think I did a good job of that today. I played well, my best match of the tournament so far.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Laura Robson is through to the last 32 for the first time after brushing aside Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1. She next faces Marina Erakovic.

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming, the ninth seeds in the men’s doubles, take on Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak today.