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I’ll ruin Murray’s day: Nieminen

Jarkko Nieminen plans to spoil Andy Murray's date with royalty by handing the home favourite a shock defeat at Wimbledon today.

The second-round match is certain to be centre stage as the Queen visits the All England Club for the first time since 1977, and she is expected to witness a home victory.

But, while Murray is practising his bow in front of the mirror, Nieminen will be plotting a way to send the fourth seed out.

And the Finn is no stranger to troubling home heroes at Wimbledon having taken the opening two sets off Tim Henman in the first round in 2005 before the former British number one mounted one of his famous comebacks.

Nieminen said: “I understand Andy's a big favourite. I'm going to enjoy the situation. I'm just going to go out there and give my best and still believe I can challenge.

“I like playing on big courts. I was close to beating (Andy) Roddick on the centre court at Roland Garros and I had two sets to love against Henman here.

“Then I played against (Rafael) Nadal in the quarter-finals in 2006.”

And Nieminen will certainly not be cowed by the presence of Wimbledon's special guest.

“Obviously it's a great honour that the Queen is coming,” he said. “It's a little extra motivation. That's a very special experience to play in front of the Queen.”

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