Andy Murray will continue his 2008 Wimbledon campaign later today against Belgium’s Xavier Malisse in the second round. Murray has not failed to reach the third round in his two previous Wimbledon campaigns.
Murray’s match again will take place on centre court and will be second on after Britain’s Anne Keothavong opens on Centre Court against Venus Williams.
Xavier Malisse has missed much of the last season with a wrist injury which is why he has a current ranking of 226, though his results have not been great since returning from that injury, he managed one win at Queens club before losing to Lleyton Hewitt. He went out in first round of two masters events played on Clay and was not invited to the French Open.
He has actually only managed two wins in a row once this season, though Malisse is a former Wimbledon semi finalist back in 2002, so by no means should he be taken lightly by Murray.
The two have never met, though Malisse has played a Brit on centre court before, back in his 2002 on his run to the semi finals, he beat a slightly past his best Greg Rusedski in the fourth round. So he shouldn’t be worried about playing in front of the British crowd, Malisse said yesterday,
Of course Andy will be favourite and he’ll have the whole country behind him, but I’m used to that situation,” he said. Once you’re into the match, it’s a great atmosphere. But once you’re on the court you want to win and that’s the only goal I’ll have in my mind.