Bernard Tomic will make his Court One debut at Wimbledon today hoping to succeed where the man he has replaced as the main hope of Australian tennis failed.
Lleyton Hewitt, once a young firebrand in the mould of Tomic, won Wimbledon in 2002 but was knocked out at the second-round stage on Thursday, beaten in five sets by fifth seed Robin Soderling despite taking a 2-0 lead.
However Tomic, who at 18 is a dozen years younger than Hewitt but tipped for a glorious future, should have the legs to go all the way if he gets a similar chance against the Swede in round three today.
“Hopefully he’s not going to like the way I play,” Tomic said after coming back from two sets himself against Igor Andreev yesterday.
Their match will be the first on Court One, with Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller opening play at 1pm.
Nadal had just taken a tight first set via a tie-break – winning 8-6 after saving two set points – when the rain came.
The overnight delay could prove to be a blessing for the defending champion, though, with him having taken a stumble on the ninth point of the tie-break which meant he had already called for a medical timeout when the weather turned.
But he was seen leaving the venue in no discomfort and will hope to book his place in the second week with the minimum of fuss.
Other games carried over to today from yesterday are Juan Martin del Potro’s meeting with Gilles Simon. Gael Monfils’ encounter with Lukasz Kubot and Mardy Fish against Robin Haase.
Del Potro was a set up but a break down when the covers came on, Monfils was locked at 1-1 and Fish had yet to begin.
The three of them, all seeds, will be keen to avoid falling to defeat and becoming a high-profile casualty like Andy Roddick.
The three-time Wimbledon finalist and number eight seed had no answer to the hard-hitting of Feliciano Lopez as he fell to a 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 defeat on Centre.
Lopez hit 57 winners and made only seven unforced errors and said afterwards: “It’s definitely a great win for me. I’ve beaten a couple of great players at Wimbledon in the last 10 years but to beat Andy on this court is very special - I would say maybe the best probably.”
Roger Federer is in action today and has his toughest assignment so far – David Nalbandian on Centre – with number two seed Novak Djokovic following against Marcos Baghdatis.