Rola must wait for Centre Court bow

Andover Advertiser: Andy Murray, pictured, will face Blaz Rola on Court One later today Andy Murray, pictured, will face Blaz Rola on Court One later today

Andy Murray will continue the defence of his Wimbledon title with a second-round match against Blaz Rola on Court One, denying the Slovenian his Centre Court debut.

Home favourite Murray often plays one match away from Centre each tournament and, unfortunately for Slovenian Rola, Wednesday's clash has been selected.

Rola is playing his first Wimbledon and used a potential clash with Murray as extra motivation for his opening-round win over Pablo Andujar.

The 23-year-old assumed he would be playing on Centre and spoke about his mixture of excitement and trepidation, saying: "I don't think I actually realise where I'm going to play.

"I'm going to walk up that stand and see how many people are actually watching this because I never stepped on the Centre Court here. I don't think I ever played in a bigger stadium.

"Hopefully I don't poop my pants and don't play well."

Court One is still a grand stage and Murray will be wary of the left-hander having never previously faced him, although Rola has lost twice to British number three James Ward in recent weeks.

Murray began the defence of his title in convincing style with a straight-sets win over Belgian David Goffin and warmed up for his next test by practising with left-handed doubles specialist Mariusz Fyrstenberg on Tuesday.

"I don't know loads about him but I watched him play at the French Open," said Murray of Rola. "James Ward played him in the last round of qualifying there.

"I know one of the British guys also played him in the qualifying at Eastbourne last week. So I know a bit about him.

"But he hasn't been on tour too long. So I'll watch a little bit of video of him and get a better idea of his game."

Rola, 23, only began playing on the tour full-time this season after studying at university in America and broke into the top 100 for the first time last month.

Murray will aim for more of the same after a dominant performance against Goffin, the Scot calmly fighting off a couple of dangerous moments in the third set.

At the French Open, Murray suffered a series of mental lapses that meant he was forced to play longer matches than he should have done.

It cost him in the semi-finals when he ran out of steam and lost heavily to Rafael Nadal, and Murray hopes grass will help him avoid the same scenario.

"I was concentrating on it in Paris, as well," he said. "Sometimes it just doesn't always happen.

"It's also a bit easier on this surface as well because you can get free points on your serve. It's a bit harder for guys to come back into matches."

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