Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray won’t look past David Ferrer test

Andy Murray says it is too early to think about winning Wimbledon after his straights-sets win against Marin Cilic

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Andy Murray will play David Ferrer in the quarter-finals Photo: Head

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Andy Murray insists it is too early to talk about the British No1 winning Wimbledon after he completed a comfortable 7-5 6-2 6-3 rain-affected victory over Marin Cilic in the fourth round at SW19.

The 25-year-old held a 3-1 advantage in the second set on Monday night before play was suspended due to rain, but the Scot showed no signs of nerves when he returned to Court No1 on Tuesday.

There was an undertone of urgency to Murray’s performance with more rain forecast and the Scot managed to win just one game before the umpire Carlos Bernardes brought the players off as the weather appeared to turn against the world No4.

However, it was a temporary break, and Murray held serve upon resumption before breaking Cilic to claim the second set and inch closer to another Wimbledon quarter-final.

Cilic, who was seeded 16th after winning the Aegon Championships earlier in June, had two break points on Murray’s serve at the start of the third set, but the Croatian squandered the opportunity to halt his opponent’s momentum, and the Brit hit an emphatic 15 winners en route to completing a straightforward win.

“It would mean a lot [to win Wimbledon]. I can’t put into words or describe how it would feel because I haven’t felt it before,” said Murray.

“But it’s so far away. I don’t know that feeling or what the sensations that you get are when you’re so close to winning a Major.

“But I’m not feeling that right now because I’m playing against the world No5 [David Ferrer] in my next match, and I lost against him a few weeks ago at the French Open.

“It’s too far away to think about it just now. I’ve thought about it [what it would feel like to win a Major] in the past, but during this tournament it’s not something I’ve been thinking about.”

Murray was in spectacular serving form, particularly in the third set, hitting 10 aces (16 in total) and managing to get 75 per cent of his first serves in as Cilic struggled to gain a foothold in the match.

And it is a feature of his game which Murray believes can be used to his advantage against the diminutive Ferrer in their quarter-final on Wednesday.

“The the speed of my first serve is probably a bit bigger than his,” he added.

“But in all matches going on the grass courts, you want to try and win free points from your serve if possible.

“If I serve like I did in the end of the second set and the third set today, it doesn’t matter how well someone’s returning, because if you hit a serve close to the line on grass, you can’t get there.”

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