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Murray in 3. - 28 (90.3%)
Murray in 4. - 2 (6.5%)
Murray in 5. - 1 (3.2%)
Rola in 3. - 0 (0%)
Rola in 4. - 0 (0%)
Rola in 5. - 0 (0%)
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Wimbledon 2014 R2: Andy Murray vs Blaz Rola

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I predict this is not going to be straightforward. In fact, I can see four or even five sets.
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I predict this is not going to be straightforward. In fact, I can see four or even five sets.
Alternatively I think Andy will roll over him (genuinely no pun intended) for the loss of around five games.
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I predict this is not going to be straightforward. In fact, I can see four or even five sets.
   I have that feeling also. Not necessarily about the 5 sets, but certainly about the complications.
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Why the pessimism? This guy has done very little on grass,never been on a show court at Wimbledon and I read that he'd retired in his last tournament with an injured knee.  Andy will sort this one out very quickly
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Why are people saying this is not going to be straightforward? Rola has a 4-4 career win/loss record at tour level. He's 23 years old as well, which isn't that young.
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Why are people saying this is not going to be straightforward? Rola has a 4-4 career win/loss record at tour level. He's 23 years old as well, which isn't that young.

Dunno. Just strikes me as someone who could get inspired by the big occasion. I hope I'm wrong.
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The players that do well on Challengers flop at Slams a lot, just look at Carreno Busta.
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Why are people saying this is not going to be straightforward? Rola has a 4-4 career win/loss record at tour level. He's 23 years old as well, which isn't that young.

As far as I can tell, he'd only won a single match in an ATP tour event/slam in his career prior to Wimbledon. I think the other three wins were in Davis Cup matches.

Would certainly be a step up to challenge the defending champion at Wimbledon, but tennis is a funny game so who knows.
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Dunno. Just strikes me as someone who could get inspired by the big occasion. I hope I'm wrong.
  Yes, he's off the radar of the big guys, he's perhaps never been scouted at a live match, he's progressing in a Slam with nothing to lose.  Definite danger territory. But i know Andy is aware of all of this.
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the other three wins were in Davis Cup matches.

Just strikes me as someone who could get inspired by the big occasion.

See what I'm saying?

Sorry, never double-quoted before. Made a hash of it.
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I can fully understand the thought behind Rola coming out inspired today. It's happened before to players, relatively inexperienced opponents with nothing to lose coming out and playing freely. I didn't see it, but maybe that's what got him through Andujhar. I just don't see him ruffling a hair on Andy's head. If the first round had been any bother I might be nervous, but it wasn't.

I watched Rola closely at Queen's, and I don't recall anything in his game that makes me nervous for today. Andy just has more in every area. Rola being a leftie even plays to Andy.

I won't put a number of games on it today because I think doing so adds pressure, but I'd be surprised if Rola is able to trouble Andy for long. Andy won't take him lightly, of course, but I think all Andy needs to do is enforce his game on to proceedings.
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See what I'm saying?

I meant the Davis Cup thing as more of a negative because you're often not playing top quality players that you'd meet at tour level events. One of those wins, for instance, was against a guy who was ranked 794 in the world.

I agree though that you shouldn't write people off based on their record on paper. I doubt any of us have seen Rola enough to know how good he really is.
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There are no 'easy' matches at Wimbledon. Everyone who makes it that far has to have 'something' about them, so nothing can be taken for granted. However, Andy knows this, so I doubt he'll let himself be caught off guard and if Rola comes out all guns blazing, Andy will be ready for him! There's not a lot of info on the guy, but his being a leftie is in Andy's favour and from what I hear, he doesn't seem to have much experience on grass. Apart from that, I think Andy is never more comfortable than when he's playing on his own turf! Andy in 3.
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Agreeing with Grab here, think this Blazing saddles bloke, who just beat Klizan, could initially prove tricky for Andy.
Huge shots fearless, nothing to lose etc etc. Expect he will implode though, hoping sooner than later! And am very happy to be wrong about the "tricky" bit.
Come on Andy  yahooo
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Match begins. Rola to start.
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