Murray beats Anderson, sets up Wimbledon QF clash against Dimitrov

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Defending champion Andy Murray again turned in a confident performance on the holy grass of Wimbledon to eliminate 20th-seeded Kevin Anderson and book a quarter-final ticket. The third seed local hero, who is yet to drop a set at the All England Club this year, now leads the head-to-head series 2-1. The British hope stamped his authority on the proceedings right away by snatching an early break and confirm it for a 3-1 advantage. His opponent created no chances to peg back and fell a set behind as a result. The South African lost two consecutive serves in the following set before grabbing a break himself, yet he got in trouble again at 5-3* to allow Murray to double the lead immediately. Anderson showed his best tennis of the afternoon in the third set to stretch the home crowd favorite to a breaker, but squandered a set point before letting the favorite put the fourth round match to bed with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) triumph. He produced 19 break points and scored 9 aces to Anderson’s 11 in two hours and a half of play.

“When it was outdoors, I played well and was in a good position,” Murray told BBC television. “When we came back indoors, he started to strike the ball better, he was serving better and I was dropping the ball shorter than I had done. I had more running to do at the end and I got a bit tentative. It was a good win for me; he made it tough.”

Eleventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who lifted three out four career trophies in 2014, reached his debut Wimbledon quarter-final by brushing aside Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in straight sets. The Bulgarian claimed 79% of points behind first serve and rescued all three break points en route to a 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory.

Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka won a postponed clash against Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to enter the fourth round where he will take on nineteenth seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. The latter stunned ninth-seeded American John Isner by defeating him 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

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