Murray Sees Off Robredo Into the Fourth Round of Wimbledon.

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Andy Murray.
Andy Murray.

Second seed Andy Murray has progressed into the fourth round of Wimbledon with a comprehensive straight-sets victory over Spaniard Tommy Robredo in their third round clash.

The British number one won 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 under the Center-Court roof to reach the last 16 without dropping a set.

Murray will be back on Monday against Mikhail Youzhny or Viktor Troicki but will have his weekend to spare.

The 26-year-old is highly favoured to reach a fourth successive Grand Slam final with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer already out and is now three wins away from next two Sunday’s final.

“People are putting more pressure on me to because of the nature of how the draw has worked out,” Murray said.

“It would be a lot easier if we just concentrate on a match at a time. Upsets are never far away and you have to be very focused on your game to avoid that.”

Overcoming the world number two was a big challenge for Robredo who just last year battled his way back from 471 in the world to his current ranking of 29 after a leg injury.

Under a closed Centre Court roof Murray cranked up the heat and grabbed a break in game three with a heavy cross-court forehand that Robredo couldn’t handle, and moved up 4-2 up when the Spaniard fired a forehand long.

The Scot’s double break lasted only a couple of minutes as a sloppy service game followed, but a blistering backhand winner helped him to a third break and the set was his in just over half an hour.

After the second seed cranked a backhand past him to break at the start of the second, Murray showed a rare chink in his armour as he slipped break point down while trying to serve it out, but a huge forehand that sent Robredo tumbling at the baseline saw off the danger.

Murray saw one match point slip by when Robredo fired a spectacular forehand winner, but moments later the Spaniard failed to repeat the trick and the Scot took his customary place in week two.

“I thought I struck the ball really well from the start of the match,” said Murray. “I had a lot of winners and that was probably the most pleasing part.

“The third set was a tough one so I’ve been tested and come through it well. I hope I can keep playing better.”

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