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Murray dealing with big expectations at Wimbledon
So far, Murray is coping pretty well.
Even when dealing with a rare venture away from Centre Court, the fourth-seeded Murray easily dispatched Marin Cilic between rain showers in the round of 16 on Tuesday. He showed no signs of the increased pressure he has been under since Nadal opened up the bottom half of the draw by losing to the unheralded Lukas Rosol in the second round on Thursday.
Murray is just two wins away from becoming the first British man to reach the final at the All England Club since Bunny Austin in 1938. Next up is a quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded David Ferrer, who reached Wimbledon’s last eight for the first time with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Given the domestic hype surrounding Murray, it promises to be the standout match of the four all-European quarterfinals Wednesday.
Also on a rain-affected Tuesday, Florian Mayer of Germany beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to set up a match against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who routed fellow Serb Viktor Troicki in straight sets on Monday.
Germany will have two players in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1997 after Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Brian Baker 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3, ending the American’s remarkable run at his first Wimbledon. Kohlschreiber will play fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who defeated American Mardy Fish 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4. The other quarterfinal will be No. 3-ranked Roger Federer against Mikhail Youzhny _ who completed their wins Monday before rain stopped play in the other five fourth-round matches.
For Murray, there was none of the drama that accompanied his beat-the-clock win over Marcos Baghdatis in the third round, a match that finished under a closed roof on Centre Court at 11.02 p.m. on Saturday _ two minutes after the official deadline for play being suspended. No balls spilled out from his pocket onto the court, either.
This time, shunted out to a roofless Court One, Murray’s only issue was keeping a calm head during the rain delays.
“In matches, you can build momentum and build leads, and then when you stop, once you come back out again, you feel like you’re starting off from square one,” Murray said. “There were, what, three or four stops? It’s not easy.”
Resuming at 40-0 up at 3-1 in the second set, Murray pushed ahead 4-2 before play was stopped because of rain. There was also a four-minute break early in the third set while light showers subsided. In between delays, Murray varied his play well and used his dominant serve to great effect, hitting 16 aces and winning 71 percent of points on his pinpoint second serve.
“If I serve like I did at the end of the second set and the third set today, it doesn’t matter how well someone’s returning,” Murray said.
When the 16th-ranked Cilic slammed a backhand into the net on the first match point, Murray raised his fingers and head to an overcast sky, in what is becoming his trademark celebration. He’s not getting carried away by the so-called “Murray Mania,” despite being another step closer to becoming the first British winner of the men’s singles here since Fred Perry in 1936.
“I’ve thought about (winning Wimbledon) in the past, but during this tournament it’s not something I’ve been thinking about,” said Murray, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fifth straight year. He lost in the semifinals in the last three.
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