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Serving big and holding her own from the baseline, Robson troubled Sharapova but the gulf in experience told in the end. Now comes the tough part for Robson.

“I think it’s really easy to play well on a day like this where you’ve got a big stage,” Robson said. “You’re playing against a top-10 player, especially someone like Maria.

“And so it’s going to be hard going back to the lower tournaments, but it’s something that you’ve got to do to earn the right to play on such a big court again.”

For Murray, another Centre Court appearance beckons Monday against the 17th-seeded Gasquet, a repeat of a fourth-round match in 2008 which Gasquet led by two sets before losing in five.

“He’s a very talented player,” Murray said. “I played him many times. I grew up playing with him. He was always one of the best juniors growing up. He’s been in the top 10 in the world before. He’s beaten Federer a few months ago in Rome. He’s a tough guy.”