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Andy Murray advances in straight sets at Wimbledon

Updated: Friday, 28 Jun 2013 21:11 | Comments

Andy Murray remains on track to reach a consecutive Wimbledon final David Ferrer celebrates his unconvincing win on Court One
Andy Murray remains on track to reach a consecutive Wimbledon final David Ferrer celebrates his unconvincing win on Court One

The sweet spot of Andy Murray's racket was put through its paces as he signed of his first week at Wimbledon by stylishly dispatching Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-4 7-5 to move into the last 16 on Friday.

No prizes are awarded for hitting top form in the third round but Britain's number two seed can be satisfied with the way he outplayed 29th ranked Robredo with his aggressive ball striking.

Murray broke for the first time in the third game of the first set against the number 32 seed and followed that with two more to close out the opener.

A rasping backhand pass delivered another break at the start of the second set and, apart from a brief moment of vulnerability as he was serving it out, the Scot never looked like relinquishing control.

The 31-year-old Robredo, who had never been past the third round in 12 appearances at Wimbledon, upped his aggression levels in the third set but found Murray's defences watertight.

Murray, aiming to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936, broke in the 11th game and wrapped up the win when Robredo netted a backhand on his second match point.

Waiting for Murray will be the winner of the match between Russia's number 20 seed Mikhail Youzhny and Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

Elsewhere, fourth seed David Ferrer today came through a tough clash with fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Wimbledon third round.

Just weeks after defeat to another compatriot, Rafael Nadal, in the French Open final, the 31-year-old clay-court expert came out on top in what was just the 10th all-Spanish men's singles match played on the All England Club turf.

The delayed second-round tussle was by no means easy for Ferrer.

Looking rusty, he was made to work by world number 60 Bautista Agut and took just under three hours to win through 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 on Court One.

Elsewhere, an unhappy Grigor Dimitrov exited Wimbledon at the second-round stage as the weather played havoc with his match against Grega Zemlja.

The pair were hauled off court yesterday evening because of the rain with Dimitrov set to serve to stay in a deciding set at 9-8 down.

The drizzle of today stopped them returning until 1.30pm on Court Three, two hours later than scheduled, and as soon as they put a foot on the grass the rain started again.

Dimitrov took a fall in the opening game to offer up a match point to his opponent and, even though he saved that, he was broken the next time he had the serve and lost 11-9.

Tommy Haas, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Jeremy Chardy won the other outstanding second-round matches today.

In the third round, Roger Federer's conqueror Sergiy Stakhovsky went out 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3 to Jurgen Melzer, while Jerzy Janowicz also progressed.

The Pole overcame 15th seed Nicolas Almagro on Centre Court, winning in straight sets - 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 6-4.

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