By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray will play Robin Haase in the second round
- The match is scheduled to take place on Thursday
After a straight sets win in round one, Andy Murray will continue his quest for a second Wimbledon quest when he plays Robin Haase on Thursday.
The British number one needed two hours and 13 minutes to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin on a very hot centre court on Tuesday. However, despite the erratic and powerful play of his opponent, Murray managed to keep his cool in the scorching heat.
Murray came through in straight sets 6-4,7-6(3),6-4 against a tough opponent in very tough conditions. So it was not just his opponent that was causing him problems. The temperature in South West London was said to be 31 degrees Celsius, making the conditions very difficult to play in.
His second round opponent Haase, only needed four sets to see off qualifier Alejandro Falla in his opener. The Dutchman won 6-2,3-6,6-4,6-2 against his Colombian opponent in two hours and 25 minutes.
The talented 28 year old won his first meeting against Murray in Rotterdam seven years ago, but Murray has since won their next four meetings.
Haase has always tested the British number one, including at the US Open in 2011 in which Murray had to rally for two sets down to win in five. Murray’s only straight set victory against the Dutchman came in Melbourne two years a go.
Their most recent meeting was at the US Open last year in which the Brit needed four sets to complete the victory.
Haase is currently ranked 78 in the world, but has been has high as 33 back in 2012. His best result at Wimbledon was a round three run in 2011.
Murray will be favourite, but he should not under estimate Haase. The Dutchman has a good serve and when ‘on’ is capable of playing great tennis.
Murray will play Haase first on m court one on Thursday. You can follow his progress on the Britwatchsports live scoring service.