Third seed Andy Murray made another step towards defending the Wimbledon Championships title after claiming the fourth round ticket by sending home Roberto Bautista Agut. The 27th-seeded Spaniard stood no chance against the home crowd favorite who raced through all the three sets with a relative ease by converting eight times in sixteen attempts and adding eleven aces to help his cause. He also won 88% of points behind first serve and scored a total of 43 winners in around an hour and a half of play on the Centre Court. In the end, Murray prevailed 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and will confront Kevin Anderson in the following round.
“Kevin is a tough opponent,” Murray told BBC television. “Like Roberto, he is playing the best tennis of his career. He is a big guy, with a big game and I will need to be sharp when I play him. I hope the fans keep making more noise, as it really helps me.”
The Wimbledon 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych stumbled in the third round this year in the match versus Marin Cilic, seed number twenty-six. The big-serving Croat hit 20 aces to the rival’s 6 and created 14 break points, 3 of which were converted. He also showed cool nerves to edge out the Czech in two tie-breaks to secure a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory and reach the last 16 at All England Club for the third time. He will chase his debut quarter-final spot at the tournament when taking on unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France next.
Eleventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov got on the brink of an early exit as he was trailing 2-1 in sets against Ukraine’s Aleksandr Dolgopolov, seed twenty-one. The in-form Bulgarian clinched a decisive break at 4-4 in the fourth set before storming through the decider in which he surrendered only eight points. He completed the comeback by breaking the Ukrainian to love and winning 6-7 (3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in three hours of play. His round of 16 opponent will be unseeded Argentine Leandro Mayer.