Blaz Rola didn’t expect to beat defending champion Andy Murray in their second-round Wimbledon men’s singles match today.
In a pre-match interview, the former Ohio State NCAA singles champion joked that he merely wanted to not “poop my pants” against the third-seeded Murray. Rola managed that, but not a whole lot else, losing 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 on Court No.1.
Rola won the match’s first point but double-faulted on the next, and it was all downhill from there. Murray played efficiently, and Rola didn’t have the firepower to test him while battling the jitters of playing on such a big stage.
Murray broke eight times, saved the only three break points against him and had only 13 unforced errors.
"I played well today," Murray said. "This is the first year he's played on grass. He just came out of college and he's broken into the top 100. It was tough for him today, he doesn't have much grass court experience but I think he'll keep improving."
Rola, 23, had 27 unforced errors and only 10 winners. Murray won exactly twice as many points, 84-42. Rola, playing in his first Wimbledon, has been competing mainly on the lower-tier Challenger Circuit and has very little grass-court experience.
Rola was ranked 92nd in the world entering Wimbledon. He became the first Buckeye to win a Wimbledon singles match in 29 years when he defeated Spain’s Pablo Andujar in straight sets in the first round on Monday.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.