Murray fells giant Anderson in three sets

Andy Murray celebrates beating Kevin Anderson
Andy Murray celebrates beating Kevin Anderson
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ANDY Murray was happy to fight off a resurgent Kevin Anderson as he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the seventh successive year.

The defending champion, right, is yet to drop a set but had to save a set point in the third-set tie-break in a 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8/6) victory. Anderson became more of a threat after the roof was shut three games into the second set.

Murray said: “When it was outdoors, I played very well, I was in a good position.

“When we came back indoors he started to strike the ball a bit better, he started serving better and I was dropping the ball a little bit shorter than I was in the first set and a half so I had to do a bit more running.

“I got a bit tentative, but it was a good win because he was playing very well at the end, making it very tough for me.”

Murray won an impressive 40 per cent of return points against the 6ft 8in big server, and he said: “You pretty much guess a lot of the time.

“Sometimes you go the wrong way, sometimes you go the right way. Thankfully today I picked a few good ones.”

The crowd was noticeably noisier than in Murray’s other matches, particularly at the biggest moments.

“I’m just trying to stay concentrated when I’m on court,” he said. “I don’t worry about everything else that’s going on outside of it, everything that’s said. I just try to play tennis and not worry about the rest.

“But when you play in front of a crowd like that it gives you a big lift, raises your intensity and makes it hard for your opponents as well in tight situations. The crowd always help.

“It’s good to get off in straight sets and now I can rest up and get ready for the quarters.”

Murray will play Queen’s champion Grigor Dimitrov, who is having the best season of his career, in the last eight.

The Bulgarian beat Leonardo Mayer 6-4 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in a rain-interrupted match.