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Having battled his way to victory on Monday, Andy Murray can see the finishing line looming at Wimbledon.
The world number two hardly broke sweat in his first three matches, but was made to work harder on Monday by Mikhail Youzhny before setting up a quarter-final encounter on Wednesday with Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.
Murray has been focused up to now, just taking one match a time, and being realistic about his chances.
He said: “I don’t expect to come into these sort of events to win them, there’s no guarantees.
“I’ve only won one. I’ll just keep trying hard to keep winning. It gets harder as the tournament goes on.”
He added: “Serena Williams lost, she doesn’t lose particularly often. Roger (Federer) lost and Rafa (Nadal) lost. All these guys and girls are better players than me and have achieved a lot more than me so if they can lose, so can I.”
It is now 77 years since a Brit last took home the men’s singles title courtesy of Fred Perry, and, although an upset by the Spaniard on Wednesday can happen, Murray will be well aware that should he prevail, just the 24th seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz is likely to stand between him and a Sunday date with Novak Djokovic.