Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray v Tommy Robredo preview

A look ahead to Friday's encounter on Centre Court

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With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga already out of his half of the draw, Andy Murray will know that he may not stand a better chance than this year to claim his maiden Wimbledon title.

But in order to earn the chance to add to his 2012 US Open crown, he must see-off the dangerous Tommy Robredo as the two square-off on Centre Court today.

Having witnessed Laura Robson’s victory over Mariana Duque-Marino to kick-off the day and invigorate the home crowd, Murray will be determined to continue his march to the title, having despatched Benjamin Becker and Yen-Hsun Lu in the first and second round respectively.

Murray has cut a relaxed figure this week, with much of his focus surrounding a potential ‘Battle of the Sexes’ clash with Women’s number one Serena Williams – the two have both said they would like to face one another.

But come this evening, he will be as focused as ever when he meets 32 seed Robredo, who has twice come back from two sets down to triumph in his opening round fixtures with Alex Bogomolov and Nicolas Mahut.

Robredo is currently ranked 29th in the world compared to Murray's standing as world number two may seem like a walk in the park for the Brit, but it'll be far from it. Robredo has 11 career titles to his name and he will be eager to improve his record at SW19 having never progressed beyond the third round.

Head-to-head, they stand at two wins each, and it's not a forgone conclusion that Murray will record a comfortable victory.

Follow the match with The Independent’s game-by-game updates from 4.30pm this afternoon as Murray attempts to continue his Wimbledon 2013 campaign.