London - British second seed Andy Murray survived a second set wobble to carve
out a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 win over Russian 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny to
reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday.
Murray, the runner-up to Roger Federer in 2012, will face Spain's Fernando Verdasco for a place in the semi-finals.
The Scot has an 8-1 winning record over unseeded Verdasco, a former top-10 player.
had to battle back from 2-5 down in the second set to quell the threat
posed by Youzhny who needed treatment on a shoulder injury after one
game of the third set.
Murray put in an impressive serving performance, firing 15 aces and hitting 45 winners past the experienced Russian.
was a tough match, the first couple of sets especially. He also had a
few chances at the beginning of the third set as well but once I got
ahead in the third I concentrated very hard not to let him back in like I
did in the second set," said Murray.
Despite closing in on
another final, Murray said he could not become complacent after the
shock early exits of Federer and Rafael Nadal.
"I don't take
anything for granted. I know how hard these tournaments are to win and
to do well in. So I don't expect to come into these sort of events to
win them," said the US Open and Olympic champion.
guarantees here at all. I just concentrate on each match. Serena
Williams lost and she doesn't lose particularly often.
lost and Rafa's lost. All these guys and girls are better players than
me and have achieved a lot more than me and so if they can lose so can I
and I just concentrate on the next one and try and get through it."
Verdasco will pose a different challenge with Murray not having faced a left-hander in 2013.
played very well this tournament he's had some good wins against some
solid players. He's a very talented player," said Murray.
"I haven't played a lefty this whole year amazingly. I need to return some lefty serves and hope for the best."
Verdasco is now at 54 in the world having once been as high as nine in 2009.
The 29-year-old is playing in his 41st straight Grand Slam.Results from the seventh day of Wimbledon (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Tommy Haas (GER x13) 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x4) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 6-1
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x8) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x23) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3
Lukasz Kubot (POL) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x24) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x20) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Sabine Lisicki (GER x23) bt Serena Williams (USA x1) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Laura Robson (GBR) 7-6 (8/6), 7-5
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Li Na (CHN x6) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x11) 6-2, 6-0
Sloane Stephens (USA x17) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Marion Bartoli (FRA x15) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-2, 6-3
Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) bt Carla Surez (ESP x19) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x20) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-3