Murray hands the Horlicks to Cilic

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After the overnight rain delay, Andy Murray finally put an exhausted Marin Cilic to bed on Court No. 1, wrapping up this Wimbledon fourth-round match 7-5 6-2 6-3.

The Croatian had been kept on court for over five and a half hours in his previous match against Sam Querrey, finally breaking the American in the 31st game of the fifth set of a match that also featured three tiebreaks.

While the match was no Isner-Mahut, it was enough to knock the stuffing out of an opponent who has won only twice this year after losing the first set.

Probably sensing that a quickfire approach was his only realistic hope of victory, the world number 18 got off to a flyer yesterday in the 69 minutes of play that were possible before the British summer did its traditional thing.

Cilic, current champion of Queen’s Club, took an early break, although he gifted it right back again thanks to a scatter-cushion forehand that’s about as trustworthy as a Bob Diamond IOU.

Some sponge-like defence from Murray sucked the last remaining energy from the Croat and the world number four secured the vital break in the 12th game. The Scot repeated the feat to go 3-1 up in the second set, only for the leaden skies to interject.

The players shared just two games on the resumption today before yet more wet stuff tipped from the heavens. When the clouds parted, Murray beefed up his returns and serve, too, to finish the set with an astonishing 75% second-serve success rate.

It was similar fare in set three, with the Scot saving four break points in the opening game with 130mph-plus first serves. Allied to a new tracer forehand, the result of endless drills under the stern gaze of Ivan Lendl, it was enough to see off the exhausted Croat, who looked ready for his Horlicks and teddy bear.

Rain delays apart, the gods have smiled kindly on Murray this fortnight, with Nadal unceremoniously removed and the potentially tricky Cilic sleepwalking his way to defeat.

Neat and clinical though this performance was, the Scot will need to up his game as he meets the Duracell bunny, David Ferrer, tomorrow, in a second consecutive slam quarter-final.
Well that went from depression to absolute delight very quickly.

A match equivalent to a practice session today. Finishes before his potential opponent. And that opponent is so far looking to be someone he should have no problem with.
July 03, 2012, 02:17 PM
By Mark

Well that went from depression to absolute delight very quickly.

A match equivalent to a practice session today. Finishes before his potential opponent. And that opponent is so far looking to be someone he should have no problem with.

No problem with? Ferrer won a grass title last week and beat Murray less than a month ago. From what I've seen, Ferrer is going to provide one hell of a test.
July 03, 2012, 02:18 PM
By Sir Panda

Yeah I'm more worried about the prospect of him meeting Ferrer than Del Potrp
July 03, 2012, 02:21 PM
By Hazybear

No problem with? Ferrer won a grass title last week and beat Murray less than a month ago. From what I've seen, Ferrer is going to provide one hell of a test.
H2H closer than I thought. But for last couple of years Murray is leading 4-3.

So yeah it will be hard but I'm very scared of DP.
July 03, 2012, 02:22 PM
By Mark

So yeah it will be hard but I'm very scared of DP.

That's what she said.
July 03, 2012, 02:24 PM
By Sir Panda

That's what she said.

Rolling Eyes Was waiting for that one lol
July 03, 2012, 02:26 PM
By Hazybear

Delpo's movement just isn't good enough - just missed yet another at the net.  Ferrer is a fantastic returner, can get it back from anywhere on the court and never runs out of steam.  Don't know who I'd rather Andy played but we could really do with Delpo taking at least a set and prolonging this match.
July 03, 2012, 02:28 PM
By Alis

I'm very scared of DP.

Sure his hitting is massive, but he moves like a tank out there. Ferrer is looking pretty darn tough.
July 03, 2012, 02:30 PM
By drchef

The privilege of our comm box position is seeing the violence of the ball-striking, and the timing. #Murray has never looked better to me.

 
DavidLaw ‏@DavidLawTennis
Goran On @bbc5live 'If Murray plays like that, he will reach the final.' Krajicek: 'If Murray plays like that, he will win the title'.  Not getting ahead of ourselves are we  w00t

Kiss of death  Very Happy
July 03, 2012, 02:32 PM
By backhandslice

Is it just me or do the courts look really worn this year? They look like they do on the final day and there is a load of tennis still to be played.
July 03, 2012, 02:38 PM
By drchef

Getting to the final is a realistic hope and I'd be very satisfied if he lost at that point.
July 03, 2012, 02:41 PM
By Mark

Murray will face Ferrer who is looking stunning at the moment and very dangerous.
July 03, 2012, 02:44 PM
By Hazybear

Murray will face Ferrer who is looking stunning at the moment and very dangerous.
Ferrer will face Murray who is looking stunning at the moment and very dangerous.
July 03, 2012, 02:47 PM
By robbie

Ferrer is no match for an on form Murray.
July 03, 2012, 02:51 PM
By Mark

Muzzah will beat the bunny on grass.
July 03, 2012, 03:03 PM
By Grabcopy

Ferrer will face Murray who is looking stunning at the moment and very dangerous.

July 03, 2012, 03:06 PM
By backhandslice

Getting to the final is a realistic hope and I'd be very satisfied if he lost at that point.
Hmm - for me it would depend on the manner of the loss.
July 03, 2012, 03:16 PM
By Fiverings

So impressed with how Andy dealt with this match, his serve was on fire and he dealt so well with the rain interruptions. What a great, focused performance! Should be an amazing match against Ferrer tomorrow, but if Andy serves like he did today he will win. It was probably a big asset to Andy having Lendl's experience to call on during the rain delays today, here's hoping his big game experience is still coming in useful at the weekend!
July 03, 2012, 03:20 PM
By mcenroeforever

Missed most of it but so relieved at outcome and to hear that Andy played brilliantly, particularly the serve.  Good for him not letting all the rain delays get to him.  He was very gracious in his post-match interview, which I've just caught, saying he doesn't deserve to play on CC every time.  BBC seem confident he'll be on CC tomorrow and Nole on #1.  If not you'd have to feel that the authorities really did have it in for our Andy.
July 03, 2012, 03:26 PM
By Ruthie

Great performance from Andy today although I don't think Cilic was quite as exhausted as you make out, a little weary perhaps ... Smile

Glad Andy got things done and dusted so quickly and made it an excellent practice match.  Needed to conserve his energy before meeting the DB.  However I did find Andy's nervousness yesterday a bit worrying, although he did manage to pull himself together before the rain arrived.   Perhaps Lendl had a confidence-boosting chat with him overnight.

The Ferrer match should be very entertaining but if isn't put on CC all hell will be let loose!

July 03, 2012, 03:28 PM
By Aileen

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