Mercurial Murray marches on

2014-06-28 01:08
Andy Murray (AFP)

London - Defending champion Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon last 16 on Friday with a 6-2, 6-3 6-2 win over Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

In what will be his eighth appearance in the fourth round in nine years, Murray will face South African 20th seed Kevin Anderson for a place in the quarter-finals.

Anderson became the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for 14 years with a 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Italian 16th seed Fabio Fognini.

Murray has made the last 16 for the loss of just 19 games, beating his previous Wimbledon best of 26 games conceded in 2010.

"I responded well, it's been a good first week," said Murray.

"I had plenty of long matches at the French Open to get me physically ready for this."

On facing Anderson, the 27-year-old Murray added: "He's a big guy with a big game and playing some of the best tennis of his career.

"I will need to be sharp to face him."

Wimbledon results on Friday, the fifth day of the 2014 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeded player):


Third round
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x14) bt Jimmy Wang (TPE) 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-0
Marin Cilic (CRO x26) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 7-6 (8/6)
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Roberto Bautista (ESP x27) 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Kevin Anderson (RSA x20) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x16) 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x11) bt Aleksandr Dolgopolov (UKR x21) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3

Second round
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x19) bt Ante Pavic (CRO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x15) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 4-6, 6-3
Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP x30) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 1-6, 6-1, 7-5


Third round
Tereza Smitkov (CZE) bt Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 10-8
Lucie Safarova (CZE x23) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x10) 6-4, 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x22) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA) 7-5, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 6-2, 6-0
Petra Kvitova (CZE) bt Venus Williams (USA) 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5
Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x16) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-3, 6-0
Barbora Zhalavova Strycova (CZE) bt Li Na (CHN x2) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5)

Second round
Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Victoria Duval (USA) 6-4, 7-5

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