It took two days and three sessions but Andy Murray finally booked his place in the 2012 Wimbledon quarter finals with a straight sets win over 16th seed Marin Cilic.
It was the first match of this year’s championships which Murray has not played on centre court and so it was inevitable that it would be rain delayed, whilst Djokovic and Federer booked their places in quarter finals on Monday and relaxed on Tuesday, Murray and the rest of the bottom half the draw fought with rain.
The match began on Monday afternoon but was suspended after just over an hours worth of play with Murray leading by a set and a break. Play then resumed at 12pm today, only to be stopped five minutes later. It was thankfully not a long delay and they restrated just after 1pm and Murray promptly wrapped up a straights sets win 7-5 6-2 6-3.
Murray will now face David Ferrer in the quarter finals, he had a convincing straight sets win over Juan Martin del Potro on centre court today after rain prevented them from playing at all on Monday. The Ferrer Murray head to head currently stands at 5 all.
After his 4th round win today, Murray said,
It’s quite a tough match to analyse because it was very bitty. We were on and off the court. Last night was difficult. I was in a good position. Cilic started well today – he was hitting the ball cleaner. But I served well in the third set especially. It was a good experience because I haven’t had too many rain delays at Wimbledon and I haven’t always done that well when I have had them.
I honestly don’t care which court I play on. It makes no difference, but every player would rather play on Centre Court because it’s got the roof, so you know you will get your match in. But I don’t deserve to play every match on Centre Court. I’m more than happy to play on Court One. I just wish the weather was a bit better.
It’s tough but a good experience. I don’t want to say for sure, but I’ll probably be on Centre from now on, so I don’t have to worry about that.
This is now Murray’s 5th straight Wimbledon Quarter final and so far the Scot’s only loss in the quarter finals was his first in 2008 when he lost to Rafael Nadal. See Murray’s Wimbledon history – only 4 players have ever beat Murray at Sw19.