Britain’s no 1 men tennis play, Andy Murray is through to last eight of Wimbledon after overwhelming Ivo Karlovic in a tense battle to ensure that another major upset at the All England Club will not happen.
Murray, who has now made it to the quarter-finals of the world’s most prestigious tournament for the eighth successive time, was given a harder than expected match by the Goliath-like man from Croatia to win 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a game that lasted for 3 hours and 3 minutes.
Murray’s reputation as one of the best returners of the game proved decisive as he neutralized Karlovic’s famous 135mph fireball serves to comprehensively take the the second set after a closely battled first set.
The Croatian, who is the oldest person to have made it to the second week of Wimbledon since 1976, took the third set to bring more life into his match but ultimately Murray’s class proved decisive as he took the fourth set, even absurdly managed to lob the ball over the tall Croatian.
A quarter-final booking with world no 56 Vasek Pospisil now awaits the Scot, and if it all goes well, Murray will set up a meeting with Roger Federer in mouth-watering semi-final clash.