London - World number two Andy Murray takes
centre stage at Wimbledon on Thursday as the All England Club plays catch-up
after two days of rain misery.
Murray, the 2013 champion, faces Taiwan's
Lu Yen-Hsun, the world number 76 who made the quarter-finals in 2010 beating
former runner-up Andy Roddick on the way.
Lu underwent right elbow surgery in January
and missed the first four months of the season.
He returned in May and is currently on an
11-match winning-streak on grass at all levels having won two Challenger titles
prior to coming to Wimbledon.
"He's played the three grass court
challengers in the build-up. He's won two of them and lost in the final of one.
He's won 11 matches in a row. He's made the quarters at this event before, beat
Roddick once. He plays well on the grass," said Murray, who has won the
pair's last three meetings after losing their first clash at the 2008 Beijing
"It will be a really, really tough
match, and a good test for me early in the event. I'll need to perform well in
Sixty singles matches are scheduled for
Thursday after only 90 minutes of action was possible on the outside courts on
There are still eight women's first round
matches to complete while only Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have so far
booked their third round spots.
In an attempt to catch-up on the rain-hit
programme, play on all courts apart from Centre Court and Court One will start
at 12:00, half an hour earlier than normal.
On Centre Court, Japanese fifth seed Kei
Nishikori takes on French veteran Julien Benneteau as he continues his bid to
get beyond the fourth round for the first time.
Benneteau, 34, has not defeated Nishikori
since the pair met for the first time in 2007 at Washington.
Nishikori has won all three of their
matches since, including the pair's only Grand Slam meeting in the third round
at the 2012 Australian Open.
The Frenchman is currently ranked at 547
but gained entry to Wimbledon using a protected ranking of 39.
Former runner-up Eugenie Bouchard of Canada
completes the Centre Court programme against British 16th seed Johanna Konta.
Also in action on Thursday are second seed,
French Open champion and last year's runner-up Garbine Muguruza who faces
experienced Slovakian player Jana Cepelova.
Highly-regarded Austrian teenager Dominic
Thiem, seeded eight, takes on the Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely who shocked
Djokovic in Monte Carlo this year.
Australian Bernard Tomic, the 19th seed, is
bidding for his 150th Tour-level match-win when he takes on Moldovan qualifier
Radu Albot, who recorded his first Grand Slam singles match-win - and
Tour-level grass court victory - in the first round.
There are also a number of past and present
Grand Slam winners in action.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus
Williams, seeded eight, meets Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari while former French
Open winner Francesca Schiavone has a tough task against Romanian fifth seed
Ex-US Open champion Marin Cilic takes on
Sergiy Stakhovsky who knocked Federer out of Wimbledon on 2013.
Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber,
the German fourth seed, faces Varvara Lepchenko of the United States.