London - Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal target places in the
Wimbledon third round on Thursday following a dramatic third day which had seen
record temperatures and the evacuation of Centre Court.
Seven-time champion Federer faces America's world number 36 Sam Querrey who
has lost both his previous matches against the second-seeded 17-time Grand Slam
title winner, failing to win a set.
The only time Federer has lost before the third round at a Grand Slam in his
last 48 major appearances was at 2013 Wimbledon, when he was defeated by Sergiy
Stakhovsky in the second round.
Murray, the 2013 champion, faces Dutchman Robin Haase first up on Court One.
The British third seed has a 3-1 record over Haase, ranked 78 whose only win
against the Scot came in their first meeting in 2008. But the 28-year-old
pushed Murray to five sets at the 2011 US Open.
Nadal, the two time winner and seeded 10 this year, takes on German
qualifier Dustin Brown.
Brown, the dread-locked world 102 defeated the Spaniard on grass in Halle
last year in what was the pair's only previous meeting.
Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych is also in action on Thursday when he faces
French wild card Nicolas Mahut defending a 5-0 career lead.
Reigning women's champion Petra Kvitova, the second seed, meets Japan's
Kurumi Nara while fifth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki faces Denisa Allertova
of the Czech Republic.
Thursday's programme comes after a dramatic Wednesday which saw players and
fans swelter in record 35.6 degree heat.
Later in the day, Centre Court was evacuated when a fire broke out in a
restaurant inside the 15 000-capacity arena.
Fortunately, the blaze started around an hour after the last match, which
featured Serena Williams had finished.