Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray to face Blaz Rola in second round

Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo
Andy Murray will play Blaz Rola on Court One on Wednesday

Andy Murray will face an opponent whose motivation is "off the charts" when he plays Blaz Rola in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The Briton, seeded third, will play Slovenia's Rola in the first match on Court One at 13:00 BST.

Rola, ranked 92, admitted it would be "a very, very big shock" if he were to upset the defending champion.

Novak Djokovic, Li Na and British wildcard Naomi Broady are also in singles action on day three.

Fellow Briton Tara Moore and Russia's Vera Zvonareva will resume at one set all in the second match on Court Two, after play was halted on Tuesday evening when the Briton levelled at 4-6 7-6 (7-3).

Murray looked sharp in his and will hope to follow the example of his fellow Briton, James Ward, when he takes on Rola.

Ward beat the Slovenian in French Open qualifying last month, and again at Queen's Club two weeks ago.

Slovenia tennis player Blaz Rola
Blaz Rola went to Ohio State University and won the American college title last year

"I don't know loads about him, but I watched him play at the French Open," said Murray. "I watched some of his match against Ward on the TV there. I think he also played him at Queen's, too. I saw a little bit of that match.

"But he hasn't been on tour too long, so I'll watch a little bit of video of him and get a better idea of his game."

Rola, 23, only joined the tour on a full-time basis last year after a successful career in American college tennis, and is playing in only his third senior tournament on grass.

"When I saw the draw, when I saw that potentially I could play the second round against Andy, my motivation was off the charts," he said, conceding his chance of beating the Scot was "not a lot".

"We know that he's probably the greatest sportsman here in the country," he added. "He's defending the title. He's been in the top four, the 'big four', in the past couple years. His record speaks for itself."

Broady plays 16th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth match on court two, after on Monday.

Champion tennis player Venus Williams
Five-time champion Venus Williams will open play against Japan's Kurumi Nara on Court Three

"I'll have nothing to lose, so hopefully I'll play well and enjoy the match," said the 24-year-old from Stockport.

"If I play well, then who knows what can happen. It will be a great experience."

Top seed Djokovic is scheduled third on Centre Court against 35-year-old Radek Stepanek - the Czech who beat Andy Murray at Queen's Club - after matches featuring Agnieszka Radwanska and Grigor Dimitrov.

Following Murray and Rola on Centre Court, former champion Petra Kvitova will take on Mona Barthel before sixth seed Tomas Berdych faces Bernard Tomic.

Australian Open champion and second seed Li opens on Court Two against Yvonne Meusburger of Austria, while Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer are among the other leading names in action on day three.

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