Wimbledon 2013: Verdasco ready for ‘tough’ Murray quarter-final

Wimbledon 2013: Fernando Verdasco says he will give his best against Andy Murray after reaching the quarter-finals at SW19

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Fernando Verdasco will face Andy Murray in the quarter-finals Photo: Marianne Bevis

Fernando Verdasco says he is ready for a tough quarter-final against Andy Murray after beating Frenchman Kenny De Schepper in straight sets at Wimbledon.

Verdasco, who has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon, broke his opponent’s serve four times in the match and dispatched an impressive 86 per cent of points on his own serve as De Schepper went down 6-4 6-4 6-4.

The popular Spaniard, who is world number 54, looked delighted to book his first last-eight appearance at the All England Club and performed a dance for the crowd on Court 3 after his victory.

“I’m happy to be here. I’m happy how I played the whole tournament. I felt pretty good in general,” Verdasco said.

He said of his celebration: “My coach is a great fan of El Fary and yesterday he was all day listening. So I told him if I win, I will do the dance for him.

“If I win tomorrow maybe I do that (dance for Centre Court), but I mean we’ll see.”

Verdasco faces an uphill task against the British No1 Murray, who holds an 8-1 record from their previous meetings.

However, they haven’t played since 2009, and Verdasco caused the world number two havoc at the Australian Open in 2008 when he took the opening set in a five-set loss Down Under.

“I’m going to go out there and try do my game like I try to do every match that I play,” Verdasco added.

“But, I know it’s going to be a tough match. He’s (Murray) a great player, one of the best players in the last few years on tour.

“Of course is going to be difficult to beat him also with the crowd and everything.

“You need to have faith and try your best to try to win.”

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