Andy Murray is refusing to under-estimate the challenge posed to his bid to make history by unheralded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero today.
The British No 1 and third seed faces former French Open champion Ferrero in the second match on Centre Court this afternoon with a place in his first-ever Wimbledon semi-final at stake.
Murray spent yesterday readying himself for his date with destiny and recovering from his exhausting four-set, floodlit marathon with Stanislas Wawrinka. That match ended at 10.38pm on Tuesday night, the latest ever Wimbledon finish, and much to his dislike was played under the new retractable roof.
If the weather forecasters can be believed that won’t be necessary today. Indeed Murray hopes the whole match will pass off rather more smoothly than it did against the feisty Swiss.
But he stressed that is a hope rather than an expectation even though he beat the world No 70 when they met for the first time at the AEGON Championships last month.
Murray prevailed 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-final but believes it won’t count for anything this time round.
“I played very well at Queen’s but Ferrero is a very tough player, he is a former world No 1 and plays well on any surface,” Murray said.
“Every match, regardless of who you’re playing against, especially in an individual sport, anything can happen on the day.
“I believe I can win Wimbledon, that’s not changed since the first match but I’m going to have to play great tennis to do it.”
If he can come through, the Scot will face either Australian Lleyton Hewitt or American Andy Roddick in the semis on Friday.
The two veterans meet on Court One after fourth seed Novak Djokovic, who has picked his way through the draw almost by stealth, faces Tommy Haas.
Murray follows Roger Federer’s intriguing clash against serve machine Ivo Karlovic, a match that could provide the five-time title winner with his eighth semi-final in nine tournaments this year.