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UK's Murray through to Wimbledon fourth round

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-06-29

World number two Andy Murray raised hopes that he may become the first Briton to take home the men’s Wimbledon title in 77 years, as he advanced into the fourth round on Friday after defeating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.

Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon fourth round as the world number two maintained the perfect start to his title challenge with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Spanish 32nd seed Tommy Robredo on Friday.

Murray's sights are firmly fixed on ending Britain's 77-year wait for a first male winner of the Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry and his path to the title is becoming less fraught by the day.

The 26-year-old, who faces Russian 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny or Serbia's Viktor Troicki for a place in the last eight, hit 40 winners and served nine aces and hasn't dropped a set in his first three matches.

The tournament had barely started when Rafael Nadal, a potential semi-final opponent for Murray, suffered a stunning opening day defeat. And when Roger Federer, another likely last four foe, was eliminated on Wednesday, the Scot would have been forgiving for pinching himself to check he wasn't dreaming.

Throw in the injury withdrawals of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic and a third round defeat for 15th seed Nicolas Almagro and suddenly only a list of unheralded names stand between Murray and another Wimbledon final.

Murray has enjoyed a remarkable time since last year's tearful Wimbledon final defeat against Federer, following his Olympic gold medal triumph by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final to finally claim his first Grand Slam crown.

The 26-year-old had reached the final of the last three Grand Slams before the recent French Open, which he was forced to miss with a back injury and few would bet against a fourth successive major final appearance.

Murray hardly put a foot wrong from the moment he walked out under the Centre Court roof.

Even the half-hour delay for the roof to be shut and subsequent change of court conditions couldn't fluster the increasingly imperious Murray.

He was in business-like mood and quickly began working over Robredo with some searing ground-strokes that brought a break in the third game of the match and another in the fifth.

With a 4-1 lead, Murray briefly lost concentration, allowing Robredo to break back. But that sparked a lethal response from the Scot, who broke again to take the set.

Murray kept his foot on the gas and broke in the opening game of the second set.

Robredo was finding it impossible to make any impact on Murray's potent serve as the British number one eased into a two-set lead.

Lacking the weapons to trouble Murray, it was only a matter of time before Robredo was put out of his misery and the Scot did just that when he broke late in third set to extend his winning run on grass to 14 matches.

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-06-28

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