Defending champion Andy Murray produced another strong showing in his fourth round encounter with South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to secure his spot in the final 8 of the tournament. He may not have appeared to be excited about his win because he was forced to play the match both with and without the roof, which was an unnecessary disruption in his eyes, but he managed to control his emotions and win 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6).
“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.”
Next for Murray is a contest against Grigor Dimitrov, whom he has already lost to once so far this season, but that took place on hard court earlier in the season when Murray was still an ailing player. Check out the Murray vs Dimitrov Head to Head.
“Now he’s starting to come into his prime,” said Murray of Dimitrov. “He’s won a lot of matches this year. He’s a tough player. Will be a hard match for me. It’s a big opportunity for him, as well, playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon for the first time. It’s a great opportunity for him. Hopefully we can play a good match.”
The budding Bulgarian talent also needed a comfortable straight sets win to set up his quarter-final match-up against Andy Murray. He defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 7-6, 6-2, striking 10 aces and 34 winners in the process. He is now through to his second ever Grand Slam quarter-final.
“Luckily we were away only for 45 minutes, which wasn’t enough time to cool down. I got some food and I was able to focus on what I needed to do better. I chatted to my coach,” Dimitrov told BBC television. “The work that I have put in is showing now. I am looking forward to the quarter-final.”
While their last meeting was not one of Murray’s shining performances, the British No. 1 has not dropped a set so far this fornight at the Wimbledon Championships and is far more confident on this surface in front of his adoring fans. The pressure will be on Dimitrov to back up his previous victory over Murray.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Four Sets