Champion Murray in a hurry on Center Court
By Clare Lovell
LONDON (Reuters) - Young gun Grigor Dimitrov stands between Andy Murray and the Wimbledon semi-finals and the champion is clearly wary of the Bulgarian he describes as "coming into his prime".
The Briton, who beat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Monday, has enjoyed a smooth run into the second week, playing within himself to reach the quarter-finals without dropping a set.
But the 23-year-old Dimitrov, on a nine-match grasscourt winning streak, provides an extra challenge for the twice grand slam champion.
"It's a step up...the guys in the quarter-finals are going to be playing top tennis. He obviously won at Queen's Club a couple of weeks ago. He likes grass courts," Murray told reporters.
"He's starting to come into his prime. He's won a lot of matches this year. It'll be a hard match for me."
Murray neutralized Anderson to win 6-4 6-3 7-6 (6) in a match that started in the open and ended under the Center Court roof.
The 27-year-old Scot returned sharply and drew the 2.03-metre (6-foot-8) Anderson into rallies to impose his game on the Wimbledon grass where he is on a run of 17 successive victories.
Anderson, a career-high 18th in the world, broke serve only once, after rain forced a roof-closing pause with Murray 3-0 up in the second set. Continued...