By Ros Satar
“Listen to the rhythm of the pouring rain….”
That was the refrain that carried over from the disruptions late yesterday evening, as play was delayed on the outer courts, and British hopes were kept alive under the roof.
Laura Robson def. Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1
After a tentative start including an early break to the qualifying Colombian, Robson quickly found her range reeling off four games on the trot to get herself back in the lead in the first set.
The crowd quickly got behind the British teenager, and she romped ahead to a commanding lead before sharing her experience of what it is like to be the focus of thousands of One Direction fans’ curiosity after Harry Styles (the one with the messy hair) started following her on twitter.
@laurarobson5 good win girl! Even if it wasn’t with your best tennis! Good battle … Keep it going 🙂
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) June 28, 2013
Andy Murray def. Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5
It was like a sing-a-long with the hokey cokey, as the roof rolled back, then closed again as the guys came out, saw the rain, dumped their bags and walked back in again.
By the time they closed it (again), Murray was not in the mood to hang about, and really was moving Robredo left and right very early, moving about very nicely, given the tumbles of the past few days.
Muzz tippy-toe-ing like a surefooted mountain goat on the lawns of doom… Breaks Tommy to lead *2-1
— britwatchsports (@britwatchsports) June 28, 2013
Of course there had to be a little drama as a sloppy game gave Robredo one of the breaks back, only to lose it again.
The quick start continued with an immediate break again for Murray, and he just kept that edge, holding the Spaniard at bay for the second set.
Robredo picked up the aggression in the third set, and it looked like we were heading towards tiebreak tea-time, but Murray delivered a break to nudge ahead for the first time in the third set, with a lucky netcord twanging Robredo’s hopes away.
Murray books his place into R4, and awaits the winner of postponed match between Viktor Troicki and Mikhail Youzhny.
There were plenty of doubles matches scheduled today featuring Brits, because…
Great Britain still has a player in every draw at Wimbledon…… Oh USA don’t……
— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) June 28, 2013