Wimbledon Day 7: Murray and Federer ease into quarter-finals, Serena Williams sails through

Second seed Andy Murray held off the challenge of Nick Kyrgios on day seven at Wimbledon as the Scot booked his place in a ninth consecutive quarter-final at SW19.

Murray got off to a slow start against the Australian but a break point in the 12th game of the first set proved the crucial point for the 2013 Wimbledon champion, as he then cruised to a 7-5 6-1 6-4 straight sets victory.

Andy Murray's only triumph at Wimbledon came in 2013 image: talksport.com

Andy Murray’s only triumph at Wimbledon came in 2013
image: talksport.com

He will now face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fifth round but the 12th seed had little to do in his match against fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who was forced to retire with a back injury while trailing 4-2 in the first set.

It was also an easy day at the office for world number three Roger Federer, as the 17 time grand slam winner cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-3 7-5 straight sets win over American Steve Johnson.

He will face former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals, as Cilic’s Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori had to retire due to rib injury as the Croat led 6-1 5-1 in the second set.

There was no hangover effect for Sam Querrey as he followed up his sensational win over Novak Djokovic to see off Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-4  to become the first American man to reach a grand slam quarter-final for five years.

Milos Raonic pulled off an amazing comeback against Belgium’s David Goffin as the Canadian battled from two-sets down to progress to the quarter-finals with a 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over the 11th seed.

22-year-old Lucas Pouille is also into the quarter-finals as he overcame Australian Bernard Tomic with a hard-fought 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8 win over the 19th seed for his first ever five-set match victory at tour level.

In women’s action, defending champion Serena Williams overcame a slow start against Svetlana Kuznetsova to keep hopes of a record-equalling 22nd grand slam title alive.

The American slipped as the Russian broke to serve for the first set at 5-4 but Williams broke straight back and then went on to win the next eight games as she won in straight sets 7-5 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals.

Another Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is next up for Serena Williams, as 23rd seed put out American Coco Vandeweghe with comfortable 6-3 6-3 win in her last 16 match.

Serena Williams has not won a grand slam since last year's Wimbledon image: skysports.com

Serena Williams has not won a grand slam since last year’s Wimbledon
image: skysports.com

Venus Williams will join her sister int he last eight but the five-time Wimbledon champion had to dig deep to see off Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber spent just over an hour in dispatching Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-3 6-1 and she will face Simona Halep in the quarter-finals as the Romanian came from a set down to beat American Madison Keys 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-3.

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska is out of Wimbledon as Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova sent the Pole packing with a closely fought 6-3 5-7 9-7 win over the former Wimbledon finalist.

It was also the end of the road for Lucie Safarova as Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan knocked out the 28th seed with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win to reach the last eight.

More results from day seven at Wimbledon, including all the latest doubles action, can be found at this link.

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