- Andy Murray beats Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 5-7 6-4
- Roger Federer beats Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-2 6-3
- Novak Djokovic level with Kevin Anderson as bad light stopped play
Andy Murray continued his push for a second Wimbledon title with a four-set victory over the big-serving Ivo Karlovic. The Brit saw off Karlovic, seeded twenty-third, in just over three hours with a series of passing shots and lobs, which was no mean feat against his giant opponent.
The first set was a tight affair, as neither player could find a break. Murray had three set points at 6-5, but the Croat managed to hold his serve to force a tie-break, which Murray won after his seventh set point. Roared on by the crowd, Murray broke Karlovic in the first game of the second set, going on to take it 6-4.
However, a loss in concentration led Karlovic back in to the game. Having already dug deep to hold on to his serve, Murray was broken in the final game of the set. With the fourth set following serve, the momentum swung in the Brit’s favour as Hawkeye came to his rescue with the score at 3-3. Murray held his serve to take the fourth set 6-4, and will face fellow Brit James Ward’s conqueror Vasek Pospisil in the last eight. Pospisil was also in doubles action today, losing to Andy’s brother Jamie and John Peers.
Also on Centre Court, Roger Federer produced a tennis master-class as he dispatched Roberto Bautista Agut in under an hour and a half, despite needing six match points. The Spaniard needed medical attention after a heavy fall in the second set, but in reality he never looked like troubling Federer.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was in trouble against South African Kevin Anderson, as he found himself two sets down, 6-7 (8-6) 6-7 (8-6). However, he responded in style by taking the next two sets 6-1 6-4 before bad light stopped play.
In the Women’s singles, top seed Serena Williams beat her sister Venus in straight sets, whilst Maria Sharapova is also through. Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki won’t be in the quarter finals though, having lost 4-6 4-6 to Garbine Muguruza.