JAMIE Murray hopes it is not a case of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at around tea-time tonight, by which time Andy aims to have joined him in a Wimbledon semi-final.
Jamie, who won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon along with Jelena Jankovic in 2007, has secured a place in the last four of the men’s doubles alongside Australian partner John Peers after a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 victory over Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
Now he is desperate for Andy to find a way past Vasek Pospisil in today’s singles quarter-finals.
“It would be great if me and Andy both made the semi-finals – there’s certainly no downside to that,” said Jamie, who has reached the last four of the men’s competition for the first time.
He and Peers will play Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner in their semi-final tomorrow after they upset second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
Jamie has already done what he can for his brother’s hopes of reclaiming the singles title by stretching out victory against Pospil and Jack Sock, the defending men’s doubles champions, in Monday’s quarter-final. The five-setter meant Pospisil had been on court for six hours in total. He had earlier sealed his place in the singles quarter-final with a five-set win over Viktor Troicki.
This hectic schedule has raised doubts about Pospisil’s condition ahead of today’s clash, which is scheduled for first match on Centre Court.
Jamie, who was called up along with Andy to Britain’s Davis Cup squad yesterday for the match against France later this month, won’t be on court to support his brother this afternoon. “We’ll have a day off on Wednesday and then play again on Thursday,” he said. “We’ll practise for an hour or so but I won’t go to Centre Court to see Andy – I’ll probably watch on TV.
“Andy is a big favourite with Vasek playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final. Vasek can hurt Andy but over five sets it’s going to be difficult, especially with the amount of tennis he’s played in the last few days.”
l Anna Brogan has followed up Monday’s victory over No 1 seed Marketa Vondrousova with another impressive performance to reach the third round of the Wimbledon girls’ competition.
The Glasgwegian underlined her burgeoning potential by beating Katarina Zavatska of the Ukraine in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. She faces Russia’s Anastasia Potapova today and is aiming to again catch Andy Murray’s attention. Murray has already remarked on Brogan’s achievement in beating Vondrousova.
The No 3 seed said Brogan will take confidence from the result and wished her well for the rest of the week. Brogan also revealed yesterday that Scottish swimming star Michael Jamieson had been in touch.
“I know it is only the juniors but it shows that no matter what happens in this tournament that I can come to Wimbledon, play well and win,” she said.