Andy Murray bolstered British hopes for Wimbledon glory last night as he followed in the footsteps of Laura Robson and breezed to victory.
The Scot won his clash against Spaniard Tommy Robredo in straight sets played out in front of a packed Centre Court to earn a place in the final 16.
He emerged triumphant after Robson, 19, earned herself a standing ovation when she stormed through to the third round of the women’s singles.
Murray, 26, received a resounding cheer as he swatted aside his opponent in two hours, beating him 6-2 6-4 7-5.
“I’ve been tested and come through it,” he said.
“People are putting even more pressure on me because of the nature of the draw and how the draw has worked out.
“I have just got to try and stay focused, not to worry about that stuff.
“It is hard but I have just got to stay focused and concentrate on one match at a time.”
The clash, under the Centre Court roof, came after the Scot took to Twitter on Thursday night and harked back to the days when all Wimbledon lawns were exposed to the elements.
But without the structure, his match would in all likelihood have fallen victim to the rain.
Earlier an animated crowd spurred Robson to victory while outside the court hundreds gathered on ‘Murray Mount’ to watch the action on a big screen.
Her success was met with a roar from supporters who lined up to congratulate the teenager.
Robson, who has seen her fan base swell dramatically as her prospects have improved, later said her “biggest dream” would be to take the Wimbledon title.
But she admitted suffering from nerves ahead of yesterday’s encounter with Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino, the world No 1 117.
“It’s a big win for me, any match on Centre Court is a big one,” she said.
“It was a great atmosphere out there and the roof being closed makes it louder.”
The 6-4 6-1 victory means Robson goes through to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
Her meeting with the Colombian came after she boosted the morale of the home crowd on Tuesday by defeating 10th seed Maria Kirilenko, of Russia, to become the first British woman to beat a top 10 player at the All England Club for 15 years.
Since then, Robson has drawn a host of new supporters. Harry Styles, of boyband One Direction, was among those to offer his encouragement and sent a message wishing her “good luck” ahead of yesterday’s match. But despite her growing popularity, swathes of seats were empty when she stepped on to Centre Court.
The unexpected line-up of Robson then Murray was announced after the teenager’s second-round clash – originally scheduled for Court Two on Thursday –- was postponed because of the weather.
A host of famous figures from the sporting world packed into the Royal Box to watch the duo yesterday, including cricketers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, former footballer Sir Bobby Charlton and Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, from Leeds.
Robson will attempt to reach round four by beating world No 71 Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.