Murray through to last eight
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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@ 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
@ 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.
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!
Even though I do not beleive that Murray is a great player, compared with Djocovic et al, I hope that he will do well.
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
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!
@ 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.