Updated: 04/07/2012 06:42 | By pa.press.net

Murray through to last eight



Andy Murray has clinched his quarter-final place at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has clinched his quarter-final place at Wimbledon

Andy Murray beat the rain and Marin Cilic to book his place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for a fifth successive year.

The pair had been forced off on Monday with the fourth seed leading 7-5 3-1, and endured more disruption on Tuesday before Murray clinched a 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory under leaden skies on Court One.

The Scot had looked nervy at the start of the match 24 hours earlier but was much more fluent and moved smoothly through to a last-eight meeting with David Ferrer.

Murray's absence from Centre Court had caused some controversy, but the 25-year-old did not feel he had been unfairly treated.

He said: "I don't care which court I play on. It makes no difference. Any player would rather play on Centre because it's got the roof so you'll get your match in. But I don't deserve to play every match on Centre, I just wish the weather was a bit better."

The players returned to Court One as scheduled at midday but it began to spit with rain just as umpire Carlos Bernardes called time. There was a brief delay before it was decided they could begin, and Murray needed only one point to move into a 4-1 lead.

Cilic then held serve before Bernardes decided the rain was too persistent and they went off court again after barely five minutes of play and only six points. The rain did not last long but there were plenty of showers around and it was not until 1.05pm that the players returned to court.

It began to spit again as they warmed up but there were no further delays and Murray easily held his serve to love to move 5-2 in front. The Scot looked confident and, after forcing a break point, he wrapped up the set with another backhand return right at the feet of his opponent, who could only paddle into the net.

The world number four lost his concentration a touch at the start of the third set and four times found himself break-point down, but each time a big serve got him out of trouble and he held on.

Murray was so confident he finished the third game with a second-serve ace before breaking the Cilic serve with a running forehand pass. Cilic did save four break points in the sixth game to deny Murray a 5-1 lead, but it was only a temporary reprieve and the Scot clinched an impressive victory after two hours and 10 minutes.

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03/07/2012 15:04
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 @ steven (the world and his uncle)

 

This will be Andy's FIFTH consecutive Wimbledon quarter final and if he wins it then he will be in his FOURTH consecutive Wimbledon semi-final...PLEASE don't grace us with any more of your stupidity........Thank-you

03/07/2012 14:47
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I await comment from the Anti Murry brigade.
03/07/2012 15:55
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Well done Andy, finding form at the right time. Tough one tomorrow but keep the belief. Behind you all the way. Go get them :)
03/07/2012 14:56
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Well done Andy....Good luck in the next round..One step at a time...
03/07/2012 15:34
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@ chris burford

On his day he CAN beat either the No1 or No3.  I am hoping this is his day....but he has to get through two more difficult games to get there....I've got everthing crossed including the cat.

03/07/2012 15:12
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nice one Andy keep it up, would really like to see you in the final but as Top Table said "one step at a time".
03/07/2012 15:13
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Well done Andy!! You can beat ANYONE at this game.... just need to have that CONTROLLED Agression and a BELIEF in yourself!!!
03/07/2012 15:11
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Despite Andys knee problem he is top form in the sense that he is completely focused and determined to win which means he is already halfway there.....determination and strength of will goes a long way!
03/07/2012 15:07
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By the way the  Baghdatis match was completely awesome, brilliant: you worked so hard despite the knee problem: the fact is I was on the edge of my seat and wish id been at Wimbledon to see the match  WELL DONE!
03/07/2012 16:12
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Why is it, when one of our own does really well, there are always morons who have to put them down?  Some of the comments are extremely offensive to people in the news for whatever reason.   I can't decide whether these morons are just plain jealous individuals who could never achieve anything themselves, or just plain nasty.  

Well done Andy!   Make them eat their words!

03/07/2012 15:55
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@ heywood ref: Burford the troll - ignore the troll in the room this is how they live their sad little lives being abusive, hidden away feeling clever!
03/07/2012 17:28
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well done andy .......ignore the negative comments on here and the ones who advertise them selves .....keep up the good work ........xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Well done Andy on your win today, whether you win or lose your next match you've tried your best and don't deserve all the derogatory comments people make about you.  Would like to see them play against you and come out on top.
03/07/2012 17:55
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Even though I do not beleive that Murray is a great player, compared with Djocovic et al, I hope that he will do well.

03/07/2012 15:07
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come on andy never watched tennis before but i was fascinated on the game on saturday night i do not think he will win he seems to get to the final then he is out . so i wish him all the luck in the world and hope he does win 
03/07/2012 17:25
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top table banker buster. someone cleo the brat thinks debate is something you put on a hook on the end of a line on a fishing rod

03/07/2012 14:57
03/07/2012 17:18
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Can we stop the Racist diatribe? I m a Scot who wishes Independence. So what? I have fought for my Country (Britain) and was proud of it. Until the wishes  of
 the Scottish Nation are heard,then Scotland is STILL part of GB.
 Andy Murry has made his feelings known. Why put him down for that. Every World Cup ,all we hear from the English are comments re the Second War and how they the team )   are going to win this and that. PLEASE,as an English Nation full of hatred for Everything/one, who does Not SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR THOUGHTS,stop putting the rest of us down.
Andy Murry is Britains No 1 and no 4 in the World. Not bad for a Nation of skirt wearing haggis munchers!
04/07/2012 08:32
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Well done Andy.  Must be one of the hardest sports to be involved in, no resting leaving team mates to pull you out for a few seconds.  But this British - Scots thing makes me despair, 
03/07/2012 20:59
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@ chris Burford

We Know we don't have a player who would be picked for the english (sorry GB) team, but quite frankly we don't really care. We know that according to the press they have already won the gold and have started celebrating already with shouts of "We won the cup" OOOPS sorry again that was 1966. Anyway with all the build up what's the point of watching when we've been told they have already won it.   Just like the euros........

Murray wins, Murray doesn't win....He will still have done better and achieved more than any MALE UK player since Fred Perry. There is no denying that. His real fans will stand by him regardless, and that includes a lot of non-Scots.

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