Wimbledon Day 7: Murray overcomes Karlovic threat, Sharapova eases into quarters

Andy Murray overcame big-serving Ivo Karlovic to bag his place in the quarter-finals on day seven at Wimbledon but the world number three was made to do it the hard way.

The Scot raced into a two set lead over his Croatian opponent but Karlovic – who hit an incredible 29 aces during the match – fought his way back to take the third set but Murray’s experience shone through to deny the 23rd seed any comeback, as the 2013 champion advanced 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 5-7 6-4.

Andy Murray remains on course to win just a second title at Wimbeldon image: rte.ie

Andy Murray remains on course to win just a second title at Wimbledon
image: rte.ie

Roger Federer remains on course to win an eighth Wimbledon title after the Swiss man advanced to the quarter-finals after bagging a comfortable 6-2 6-2 6-3 straight sets win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

The seven-time champion will now face Frenchman Gilles Simon in the next round as the 12th seed dumped out 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 6-2 to reach the last eight at SW19 for the first time.

Stan Wawrinka was also victorious in straight sets but David Goffin did give the French Open champion a contest as the Swiss man needed two tie-breakers to overcome the Belgian 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (9/7) 6-4.

US Open champion Marin Cilic saw off the tough challenge of American Denis Kudla in four sets 6-4 4-6 6-3 7-5, while Nick Kyrgios could face a fine after appearing to throw a game in his defeat to Frenchman Richard Gasquet as the 21st seed knocked out the Australian 7-5 6-1 6-7 (7/9) 7-6 (8/6).

Canadian Vasek Pospisil reached his first ever grandslam quarter-final after brilliantly coming back from two sets down to defeat Serbian Viktor Troicki with a  4-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will have to complete his match with Kevin Anderson on Tuesday afternoon as the defending champion battled back from two sets down to levels things up at 2-2 before play was suspended due to bad light.

In the women’s action, Maria Sharapova is through to the quarter-finals as the Russian comfortably saw off her Kazakh opponent Zarina Diyas in a 6-4 6-4 straight sets win in hopes of winning a second Wimbledon title.

Maria Sharapova reached the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 image: telegraph.co.uk

Maria Sharapova reached the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011
image: telegraph.co.uk

World number one Serena Williams sent her sister Venus packing as the American remains on course for a sixth Wimbledon crown after a 6-4 6-3 win over her sister.

American duo Madison Keys and Coco Vanderweghe will join their fellow American in the last eight after wins over Olga Govortsova and Lucie Safarova respectively, while Viktoria Azarenka is also into the quarter-finals after a comfortable 6-2 6-3 win over Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.

There was better luck however for Bencic’s compatriot Timea Bacsinszky as the 15th seed came from a set down to send Romanian Monica Niculescu out of the competition with a 1-6 7-5 6-2 victory.

Petra Kvitova’s conqueror Jelena Jankovic lost out to Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska as the 13th seed denied the Serbian another upset in a 7-6 6-4 win.

However, fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki’s tournament is over after a shock defeat to Garbine Muguruza, as the Spaniard clinched a 6-4 6-4 win over the Dane.

You can check out more results from day seven at Wimbledon at this link.

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