Former Ohio State tennis standout Blaz Rola is set to take on defending champion Andy Murray in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday morning.
Rola, a Slovenia native, is a year removed from becoming the first Buckeye to win the NCAA singles championship.
Currently ranked No. 92 in the world, he defeated Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. That marked Rola’s second victory at a grand slam event following his opening-round victory at the Australian Open in January.
In Murray he faces not only the defending champion but a home-country favorite and 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
"When I saw the draw, when I saw that potentially I can play the second round against Andy, my motivation was off the charts," Rola said via a release from Ohio State. "It feels great to have this opportunity. I don’t think an up-and-coming tennis player could have asked for a better match-up, I’m facing probably the greatest sportsman in Britain in one of the greatest venues."
The match at the All England Club is set for 8 a.m. EDT on ESPN.