“There’s a lot more pressure on me now, with them being out,” Murray acknowledged after compiling 40 winners and only 14 unforced errors against Robredo, taking advantage of the zero-wind conditions under the closed retractable roof.
“I mean, I don’t read the papers and stuff. But there are papers in the locker room,” Murray continued with a chuckle, “so you see some of the headlines and stuff. It’s not that helpful.”
Nadal’s stunning first-round exit, for example, was viewed mainly through the prism of how that result helped Murray, who could have faced the 12-time major champion in the semifinals. “Adios Rafa. Hello Andy. Wimbledon dreams again,” read a headline in The Times of London. The Daily Mail’s take: “Great start for Andy — Rafa’s out.”
All in all, then, Friday was a perfectly British day, and not simply because Murray won his third straight-set match in a row. The lone other remaining singles player from the host country, 19-year-old Laura Robson, made her way into the third round at Wimbledon for the first time, defeating 117th-ranked qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-4, 6-1.
That match, like Murray’s, was played with the Centre Court covered because of rain that played havoc with the schedule, and Robson heard her share of rowdy support, too. She also was serenaded with the “Awwwwwww” that often accompanies a mistake by a player the crowd really cares about.
“I love when people get involved,” Robson said. “Sometimes they do, like, a massive groan if I hit a double-fault, but I’m doing it as well. So, yeah, we’re just living it together.”
A few hours after Robson’s match ended, putting her in Wimbledon’s third round for the first time, a bookmaker sent out a release noting that her odds of winning the tournament went from 80-1 to 33-1.