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Robson and Murray share spotlight

Andy Murray and Laura Robson have been gearing up for the second week of Wimbledon after both made it through to the final 16.

The pair will share the spotlight after Robson, 19, booked a place in the fourth round on Saturday and became the first British woman to do so since 1998.

But while Murray, 26, will be supported by his mother Judy and girlfriend Kim Sears, Robson's mother will not be present to watch the teenager in action on Monday. Instead, she will stay at home in Greece where she is looking after the family's two black labradors, Ella and Kiri.

Robson, who has seen her status rise dramatically during the last week, will play her tie against Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Court One at 1pm.

The fourth-round clash comes after the teenager pulled off a remarkable comeback to defeat hard-hitting New Zealander Marina Erakovic in front of an animated crowd on Court Two on Saturday.

Murray - who remains on track in his bid to become the first home men's singles champion since 1936 - will face the 20th seed, Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, in the second match on Centre Court.

The Scot finds himself as the the only star name left on his side of the men's draw following one of the most astonishing weeks in Wimbledon history, which saw a string of top players make unexpectedly early departures from the tournament.

Former champion John McEnroe has said it would be an "absolute catastrophe" if Murray did not secure a place in the final.

Meanwhile, defending champion Serena Williams has tipped Robson, who currently ranks 38th in the world, to make the top five. She is not alone in backing the teenager. Robson has seen her fan-base swell dramatically this week, drawing support from Prime Minister David Cameron and from boy band One Direction.

Away from the British hopefuls, Williams will face Sabine Lisicki in the first match on Centre Court and men's world number one Novak Djokovic will take on Tommy Haas at the end of the day.


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