Andy Murray is through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for a sixth consecutive year, after beating Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets, 6-4 7-6 6-1.
The only British hope left at the championships - following Laura Robson’s defeat to Kaia Kanepi earlier today - will now face former world number seven Fernando Verdasco in the last eight on Wednesday.
World number two Murray had to wait until 3:30pm for his showdown on centre court, after defending ladies’ singles champion Serena Williams was knocked out in a thrilling and exciting three-set encounter by Sabine Lisicki - and he made up for lost time as he stamped his authority very early on in the contest.
He broke the world number 28 in the third game and held his serve to take the first set 6-4 after 48 minutes.
The 31-year-old Russian responded in the second as he cancelled out Murray’s early break and broke again in the sixth game, following a rare double fault from the Brit, on his way to taking a 5-2 lead.
However, the second seed managed to claw his way back with a vital break in game nine, and forced the tie-break despite appearing to be struggling with his back - which had caused him to miss the French Open a few weeks ago. He then played some brilliant tennis to double his advantage after a mammoth 72 minute set.
It was all one-way traffic from there on, as Murray broke his opponent to love in the second game of the third set, and again in the sixth before securing victory in the next game to move him one step closer to a second straight Wimbledon final.
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