Andy Murray beats Marin Cilic to make Wimbledon quarters

WIMBLEDON

  • Venue: All England Club, London
  • Date: 25 June - 8 July

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD Channel, Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live, mobiles, tablet and the BBC Sport website. Men's and women's singles finals in 3D on BBC HD Channel.

Andy Murray booked his place in a fifth straight Wimbledon quarter-final with victory over Marin Cilic in a match heavily disrupted by rain on Court One.

The match began at 15:45 BST on Monday but was suspended at 16:52 with Murray leading by a set and a break.

Play resumed at 12:10 on Tuesday, only to be stopped five minutes later with only two games being completed.

Analysis

"Murray came out with a sense of urgency today. He's had problems with Cilic before, so to serve the way he did was impressive. He was comfortable, even though Cilic played a pretty good final set. Murray had some scary moments against Marcos Baghdatis, when he lost his cool. I was looking for that today, but with the players going off and on, there wasn't really the chance for him to get worn down mentally. But he still had to come on and be ready, and he did that very, very well."

They re-started at 13:10 and Murray won 7-5 6-2 6-3 to set up a tie with David Ferrer, who beat Juan Martin del Potro.

"It's quite a tough match to analyse because it was very bitty," the British number one told BBC Sport. "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."

The Scot must be relieved to have wrapped up proceedings so quickly - they finished at 14:10 in two hours 10 minutes of match play - given that his last-eight tie will be played on Wednesday.

With more showers expected later, there was a strong chance Murray could have been delayed further, while Ferrer and Del Potro were under the Centre Court roof and, therefore, guaranteed to finish.

The decision to schedule him on a roofless Court One - for the only time all fortnight when the weather forecast was poor - led to heavy criticism.

"I honestly don't care which court I play on," Murray added. "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.

Match stats

Murray Cilic

16

Aces

4

68%

First serves

59%

72%

First serve points won

72%

71%

Second serve points won

34%

1

Double faults

3

35

Winners

23

15

Unforced errors

24

5/12

Break points

1/8

103

Total pts won

77

"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."

Murray led Cilic 7-5 3-1 at 40-0 when the rain arrived on Monday, frustrating for him as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer - the only higher-ranked players left in the draw - completed their games to go through.

But, if anything, his form was more impressive on Tuesday as he subjected Queen's champion Cilic to a comprehensive defeat.

After moving to 5-2 in the second set, Murray wrapped it up with the help of a magnificent inside-out forehand winner.

He was moving smoothly, serving well and defending aggressively - as shown when he saved four break points early in the third set.

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Cilic, seeded 16th, was cutting an increasingly forlorn figure as his groundstrokes let him down time and again.

A confident forehand pass saw Murray break for 3-1 and apply more pressure in game five, only for his opponent to hold firm.

However, Murray was in a hurry and a succession of aces took him to match point before Cilic flicked a backhand into the net.