It's tempting Wimbledon fate, but Andy Murray is close to irresistible when playing like he did against Robredo
Pretty much the only thing that went wrong was when he bounced a ball on his foot as he was preparing to serve, writes Oliver Holt
And so, in this tournament of tempests, Andy Murray sails serenely on.
Amid the shocks and the injuries, the early farewells and the sprains, Murray made it into Wimbledon’s second week without a scratch.
The Scot played quite beautifully to brush aside the accomplished Tommy Robredo with contemptuous ease.
Murray played with such a bewitching mixture of power and guile that he made Robredo look like a novice.
It is tempting fate terribly but in this kind of form, he is close to irresistible.
Last night, under the Centre Court roof, he was simply majestic.
If he can stay close to this level, there should be no one in his denuded half of the draw capable of getting anywhere near him.
Then there will be Novak Djokovic, of course, and that will be a different matter.
If both progress to the final, a titanic encounter awaits a week tomorrow.
This clash was utterly one-sided.
Pretty much the only thing that went wrong for Murray all evening was when he bounced a ball on his foot by mistake as he was preparing to serve.
He made amends by serving an ace and winning the game to love.
He wrapped up his 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 victory in just over two hours to set up a fourth-round clash with either Mikhail Youzhny or Viktor Troicki on Monday afternoon.
If either of them was watching Murray’s victory, they may have already booked their flight home on Tuesday morning.
It should be pointed out amid the optimism that Robredo is hardly at his most comfortable on the lawns of the All England Club.
This is a man who has not reached the fourth round here in 12 appearances and reserves his best performances for clay and hard courts.
He had only reached the third round twice before yesterday and in the first set in particular, he played like a man who has little affinity for grass.
There was no conviction to his slice and his forehands were loaded with so much top spin that they sat up nicely, ready for Murray to hammer them back flat.
Robredo played, in short, like a man marooned on the wrong surface. He is a fine player but Murray exposed his shortcomings on grass ruthlessly.
Murray did not give Robredo a chance to settle. From the first point, he was crowding him and hustling him.
He wore him down and outrallied him to break his serve in the third game of the first set and never looked back.
The best shot of the match was an early cross backhand return that Murray took ridiculously early and slammed past Robredo for a winner.
That earned Murray the break point that led to a 4-1 lead and although Murray was broken back, he broke the Spaniard again to dash into a one-set lead.
Robredo has a habit of reacting well to adversity and his play improved in the second set.
But Murray still broke his serve early and was never really threatened.
Robredo rescued some pride at least. He played even better in the third set and Murray had to fight to stay with him.
But a backhand volley that landed on the line gave Murray a break point at 5-5 and his outclassed opponent folded