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Blaz Rola hoping not to "poop his pants" against Andy Murray

Published 23/06/2014 | 16:45

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Blaz Rola of Slovenia plays a forehand during his Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Blaz Rola

Slovenian Blaz Rola hopes he does not "poop his pants" when he walks out on Centre Court against champion Andy Murray in the second round at Wimbledon.

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The 24-year-old Ohio State University graduate booked a Wednesday showdown with the British number one after coming through in straight sets, 6-3 6-1 6-4, against Pablo Andujar of Spain on Court Five.

The next time Rola walks out at the All England Club he knows it will be a whole new ball game taking on Murray, who breezed past David Goffin in front of a partisan home support.

"I don't think I actually realise where I am going to play," said 6ft 4ins Rola.

"I am going to walk up that stand and see how many people are actually watching this because I actually really never stepped on the Centre Court here.

"Nothing can prepare me for this."

Wimbledon officials have not yet confirmed the match will take place on the main show court, however Rola knows that is a strong possibility.

"Hopefully I don't poop my pants and don't play well," he said.

"It would be a very, very big shock (if I could win)."

Another Slovenian, Aljaz Bedene, look set to switch allegiance and represent Great Britain, having lived in Hertfordshire since 2011.

If his application for a British passport is approved, the 24-year-old, who has been up to 71st in the world rankings, could be eligible to represent Great Britain at the Davis Cup from 2015.

Rola backed his friend's decision.

"I have know Aljaz since we were kids and we are still going to be friends even though he changed nationality," Rola said.

"Yes it is sad, but I know he is doing this for his own good.

"We had a lot of good players right now in Slovenia, it has been the couple of biggest years in our tennis and I don't think that's going to change."

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