Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Heat Will Be on Murray If He Is Forced Back under the Roof

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Heat Will Be on Murray If He Is Forced Back under the Roof

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Byline: Chris Jones at Wimbledon

THE Centre Court roof looks certain to be needed again today to combat the predicted rain, and that may not be to Andy Murray's liking as he attempts to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut.

Last night it was used for the first time at this year's Championships when Roger Federer's match against Gilles Muller was interrupted by the weather in the second set.

Federer went on to win comfortably 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 and said: " I thought it was cooler with the roof open and I didn't change anything before and after it was closed. If there was a lot of wind with the roof open, then that changes things in a big way."

Murray and new coach Amelie Mauresmo both featured in matches in 2009 on the first day the roof was closed at the tournament and it's use has not always gone down well with the British No1.

While Murray won an epic five-set encounter with Stanislas Wawrinka that ended at 10.38pm, Mauresmo lost the preceding match to world No1 Dinara Safina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. That women's match was the first to be played under the roof -- although it was only closed midway through the contest -- while Murray's game was the first match in full to be played under cover.

He is set to be back under the roof today when he comes up against Bautista Agut, 27th seed from Spain, in their third-round match.

Murray does not like the increased humidity created by the roof which kept Federer and Muller off the court for only 19 minutes while it closed last night. Having seen Federer transformed by a closed roof as he beat the Scot in the 2012 final and then having to deal with an interruption while it was shut during his semi-final with Jerzy Janowicz last year, Murray will be delighted if a predicted improved weather situation allows the natural elements to be factors in the match.

A closed roof creates a still atmosphere allowing players to swing freely without having to adjust for the wind.

The system to keep the air circulating at a temperature that stops condensation accumulating creates a series of different atmospheric levels at various heights in the stadium. …

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