Murray sets up rematch with Baghdatis

31 July 2012 / 21:48

Andy Murray breezed into the third round of men's singles at the Olympic tennis at Wimbledon today, and the world number four will also go for gold in the mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson.

Murray had no trouble at all brushing aside Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 6-4 under the roof on Centre Court. Nieminen had been the man Murray scraped past when his back troubles were at their worst at the French Open but there were no such dramas and he will play Marcos Baghdatis in the last 16 in a rematch of their late-night Wimbledon epic.

Murray said: "I played well. He didn't start the match that well. Then he definitely played better in the second set. I had the momentum for most of the match. I served well, especially in the second set, I didn't give him many opportunities."

The British team had kept their mixed doubles nominations a secret in the build-up to Tuesday's draw but it was Murray and Robson who received a wild card and they will face Czech pair Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka in the first round on Wednesday.

Murray insisted he always planned to enter the mixed despite the added workload - he could play eight matches in five days if he gets to the medal matches in both events.

He said: "Like I'm sure a lot of the athletes are saying, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try to win a medal at your home Games. I wanted to give myself the best chance at that. It's going to be a challenge but if we play well then we've got a chance of winning matches."

Murray and Robson teamed up at the Hopman Cup in Australia in 2010 and 2011, reaching the final the first year, while Murray's only other previous experience of mixed doubles at this level came in his first two appearances at Wimbledon in 2005 and 2006.

Robson is looking forward to linking up again with Murray, and she revealed she proposed the two of them should play together when they saw each other at Indian Wells earlier in the season.

The 18-year-old said: "It should be really fun playing with Andy. We haven't played since Hopman Cup last year.

Most of these teams have been teaming up almost every tournament they can in the last two years to prepare for this so it's definitely going to be tough. But I think we're both pretty good doubles players so who knows?"