WIMBLEDON, England — More than ever,
And why shouldn't
He won last year, after 77 years between male British singles titles at Wimbledon. Fred Perry did it in 1936 and finally, along came Murray.
He has yet to lose a set, and Monday's 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) mastery of a big-serving South African
The third-seeded Murray had 41 winners, 11 aces — surprisingly, two more than his Anderson — and induced 19 break points from his opponent. The four he converted were all he needed to roll into the quarterfinals.
The match was stopped after about 90 minutes as rain began for the second time in the day. There is a roof over Center Court, and only Center Court. So while other matches were suspended for the day, Murray and Anderson came back out and Anderson stepped up his game.
"I still played pretty well under the roof," Murray said, "but I was just a little more tentative."
Roof or no roof, Anderson said he has a real appreciation for Murray's skill.
"I feel he neutralizes my biggest strengths a lot better than most people," Anderson said, meaning Murray returns his serve well.
In other notable matches,
"I'm proud that I really fought to the end," Bouchard said. "She's a good fighter. We were just battling."
Bouchard is seeded 13th, Cornet 25th.
Sabine Lisicki and
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who won a Wimbledon title in 2011 and is seeded sixth, advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Peng Shuai of China, 6-3, 6-2. But fourth-seeded
Victory No. 13 for the Serbian star was by 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (5), with match point in the tiebreaker coming on Djokovic's spectacular cross-court backhand passing shot that caught the sideline.
Also advancing on the men's side was