Wimbledon: Rainy Days And Wednesdays

THE covers were taken off as usual early this morning. And then they went back on.
At the time of typing this, they’ve just been removed again ahead of a fabulous Centre Court schedule starting at 1pm.
But if the weather forecast is correct, Andy Murray may need that flag to shelter under this afternoon.
The Met Office tell us there will be “heavier bursts” of rain between noon and 3pm before the rain clears by 4pm.
That will be followed by “some good bright and even sunny spells” with the risk of an isolated shower after 7pm.
At best, the weather office say we may only lose a few hours of tennis today.
Tomorrow afternoon there is a 60 per cent risk of showers, some leading to large amounts of rain falling in a very short time.
More worryingly, there is a danger the weekend may be a washout – leavng open the possibility of play next Monday.
Andy faces the biggest match of his life today, and possibly tomorrow, aiming to cause a major Wimbledon upset.

The fiery Scot is just three wins away from claiming a place among Britain’s sporting legends.
But the Spanish iron man standing in his way in Murray’s first Grand Slam quarter final is favourite to dash those dreams.
Rafael Nadal, 22, has swept all before him and remains on course for a third consecutive men’s final meeting with defending champion Roger Federer.
Not that ace Andy is thinking of anything other than victory, with the help of a Centre Court crowd ready to unleash another outbreak of Murraymania.
All 500 daily tickets for Centre Court were snapped up this morning by fans who queued overnight.

Those who arrived at first light were left disappointed in what is the last day of the queue.
No daily tickets for the show courts are sold on the final four days of the Championships.
Today’s pic (below) shows fans being held back just inside the grounds before being allowed in at 10.30am.
There’s rising excitement here about the Murray v Nadal match, even though most recognise Rafa should win.
At the same time there’s just a chance the Highland Warrior could surprise everyone.
Roger Federer is first on Centre in his quarter final against Mario Ancic, the last player to beat him at Wimbledon.
The Swiss ace knows a thing or two about tennis and doesn’t rule a Murray victory out.
The truth is, no-one knows what the flying Scot, perhaps two years away from his peak, is capable of.
But Roger says he should not be underestimated.
Although he has lost all three previous meetings, Murray took Nadal to five sets in the 2007 Australian Open. This is their first meeting on grass.
“I learned that I could play at his level. For probably four and a half sets I was up there with him and definitely had my chances,” the No 12 seed told us after his epic victory on Monday night.
“I think both of our games have changed a bit since then. He’s definitely playing better on grass than he was in previous years.
“I like to think I’m playing a bit better. It’s going to be a completely different match to a year and a half ago.
“It’s really important to serve well, be aggressive, not give him the chance to start dictating the rallies.”

Underdog Murray’s belief that he can win the title has never wavered. “I know what I’ve got to do to beat Nadal and I am very focused on the game.
“He’s the best player in the world on clay and he’s getting better and better on grass every year.
“There are no real weaknesses in his game and he’s probably the toughest competitor on the tour.”
Over 10 million TV viewers watched Murray, 21, win his thrilling five set encounter with Richard Gasquet in the gathering evening gloom.
Even more may be tuning in if he can repeat that barnstorming performance against the Spanish No 2 seed.
They are second on Centre Court, watched in the royal box by the likes of Bruce Forsyth, Jimmy Tarbuck, Alan Titchmarsh and Henri Leconte.
Both players are also due – weather allowing – on the Aorangi practice courts at noon.
Although he’s already lost the battle of the biceps, the British No 1 believes he can progress to the semi final.
He would then meet a player ranked lower than him.
Either Germany’s Rainer Schuettler, who at 32 is the oldest player left in the men’s draw, or Frenchman Arnaud Clement, the lowest ranked player remaining.
“I think my win over Gasquet may be a real turning point in my career and for me at Wimbledon – it was a real battle from start to finish,” said Murray.
“The crowd really lifted me when I was behind and the roar when I went ahead was just amazing.
“It gave me so much confidence and I can’t thank them enough. I’ve never experienced the effect of the crowd in that way anywhere in the world before.”
Nadal has played down the knee injury he suffered during his straight sets fourth round victory over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, even though he required eight minutes of treatment on court.
The Spaniard described Murray as a “tough opponent”, adding: “I have to play my best tennis if I want to be in the semi finals.”
I’ve got my notebook – and my brolly – and will be back later.
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