Andy Murray Defeats Mikhail Youzhny to Advance at 2013 Wimbledon

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates a point during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Men's No. 2 seed Andy Murray continues to cruise at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Murray breezed past No. 20 seed Mikhail Youzhny in the Round of 16 on Monday at the All England Club to advance to the quarterfinals for the sixth straight year.

Up next, Murray will take on unseeded Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. But don't expect the reigning U.S. Open champion to take the Spaniard lightly, via the Wimbledon Twitter feed:

Murray was fantastic in the opening set on Monday, recording seven aces and winning 83 percent of his first-serve points to take a one-set-to-love lead in just under an hour.

Youzhny would battle back in the second frame, coming to the net much more often and capitalizing nearly 70 percent of the time. The 31-year-old Russian won 19-of-28 points at the net in the second set. Murray won 17-of-24 net points in the set that he took in a tiebreak. 

The third set was all Murray, though. The 26-year-old British star recorded 11 winners to just two unforced errors for the set, closing it out 6-1.

Murray has now won 10 of his last 11 matches at the Wimbledon Championships dating back to the start of last year's tournament.

You have to go all the way back to 2006, when Murray was just a teenager, to find the last time he failed to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club after entering the main draw. Murray did not play Wimbledon in 2007.

Meanwhile, this is the seventh time since 2001 that Youzhny has been bounced from the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. He was coming off his best-ever finish at the All England Club in 2012, when he reached the quarterfinals.


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