Murray through to last eight

Andy Murray has clinched his quarter-final place at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has clinched his quarter-final place at Wimbledon

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Andy Murray beat the rain and Marin Cilic to book his place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for a fifth successive year.

The pair had been forced off on Monday with the fourth seed leading 7-5 3-1, and endured more disruption on Tuesday before Murray clinched a 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory under leaden skies on Court One.

The Scot had looked nervy at the start of the match 24 hours earlier but was much more fluent and moved smoothly through to a last-eight meeting with David Ferrer.

Murray's absence from Centre Court had caused some controversy, but the 25-year-old did not feel he had been unfairly treated.

He said: "I don't care which court I play on. It makes no difference. Any player would rather play on Centre because it's got the roof so you'll get your match in. But I don't deserve to play every match on Centre, I just wish the weather was a bit better."

The players returned to Court One as scheduled at midday but it began to spit with rain just as umpire Carlos Bernardes called time. There was a brief delay before it was decided they could begin, and Murray needed only one point to move into a 4-1 lead.

Cilic then held serve before Bernardes decided the rain was too persistent and they went off court again after barely five minutes of play and only six points. The rain did not last long but there were plenty of showers around and it was not until 1.05pm that the players returned to court.

It began to spit again as they warmed up but there were no further delays and Murray easily held his serve to love to move 5-2 in front. The Scot looked confident and, after forcing a break point, he wrapped up the set with another backhand return right at the feet of his opponent, who could only paddle into the net.

The world number four lost his concentration a touch at the start of the third set and four times found himself break-point down, but each time a big serve got him out of trouble and he held on.

Murray was so confident he finished the third game with a second-serve ace before breaking the Cilic serve with a running forehand pass. Cilic did save four break points in the sixth game to deny Murray a 5-1 lead, but it was only a temporary reprieve and the Scot clinched an impressive victory after two hours and 10 minutes.

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