Wimbledon: Andy Murray eased into the last eight with victory over Mikhail Youzhny
Andy Murray raced into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Mikhail Youzhny.
Last Updated: 01/07/13 9:54pm
The Russian's unorthodox game presented a different challenge to the second seed, but after a second set wobble the Briton secured a 6-4 7-6 6-1 success.
Murray broke for a 2-1 lead against last year's quarter-finalist and while not playing as well as he had in the previous round against Tommy Robredo, still had enough to take the set.
But Youzhny, adopting a skidding backhand slice for much of the time, frustrated the Scot and upset his rhythm to the extent that, at 2-5 in the second set he looked like levelling the match.
A double-fault had handed Youzhny a double-break at 4-2 and then he served to move within a game of tying it up, but Murray, appearing to be troubled by a hip problem, stopped the rot and then broke back with a stinging forehand pass.
He then secured a second break at the third time of asking with a sizzling cross-court backhand before moving into a tie-break.
A tame double-fault handed Youzhny a 4-2 lead but a forehand wide from the Russian gave Murray his first set point, which he took in style with a stunning backhand return to clinch it 7-5.
Winning the set had a galvanizing effect on the crowd favourite while world No 20 Youzhny opted to call the trainer to attend to a troublesome shoulder.
Whether it was affecting him badly was a moot point, but it meant little as Murray moved through the gears as he raced through the final set to put the problems of the first two hours on court firmly behind him.
He saved two break points in the first game but was untroubled thereafter, breaking immediately for 2-0 and then again for a 5-1 lead.
He set up a first match point with a sizzling forehand winner and put away a volley to clinch victory after two hours and 37 minutes.
Fernando Verdasco of Spain awaits in the quarter-finals after the world No 54 came through in straight sets against Kenny De Schepper.
Verdasco, who has never been past the fourth round at SW19, won an impressive 86 percent of points on his first serve and broke four times in the match as Frenchman De Schepper went down 6-4 6-4 6-4.
Murray holds an 8-1 record in their previous meetings although they haven't played each other since 2009.