Wimbeldon Preview – Andy Murray Vs. Tommy Robredo
The path to the finals has cleared up significantly for Andy Murray over the first couple of days at the Wimbledon Championship, as both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been knocked out of the tournament by much lower ranked players. First Nadal faced off with Steve Darcis of Belgium and lost in straight sets 7/6, 7/6, 6/4. On Wednesday Federer, who had cruised through his first round match up, played against Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine and lost in four sets 6/7, 7/6, 7/5, 7/6.
On the other side of the draw, the number one seed Novak Djokovic looks to be the main competition for Murray. Last year Murray played in the finals at Wimbledon twice, once for the actual Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament and the other in the 2012 London Olympics, which hosted its tennis events at Wimbledon. Murray faced Federer in both finals, losing the Grand Slam match but winning the Olympic gold medal.
In the second round Murray faced off with Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei and came away with a straight set victory (6/3, 6/3, 7/5). His first round match saw him come up against Benjamin Becker of Germany, and he was able to dispatch him in straight sets as well (6/4, 6/3, 6/2).
Murray’s next match will be against Spaniard Tommy Robredo, the 32nd seed. They have faced each four times in their pro careers and have split the series two wins apiece. Robredo won the first two meetings but has since lost the latter two meetings. They have not faced each other on grass courts previously, so this will be a new wrinkle in their series.
Robredo took the court against Nicolas Mahut of France and was able to win in straight sets (7/6, 6/1, 7/6). In the first round he met Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia and pounced on him for a 6/2, 6/2, 6/4 victory.