Murray sets up Ferrer clash

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Updated: July 4, 2012

Andy Murray on Tuesday reached a fifth successive Wimbledon quarterfinal where he will meet Spanish bulldozer David Ferrer who has made the last eight for the first time at the 10th attempt.

British fourth seed Murray beat Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 as organisers scrambled to make up for lost time caused by heavy rain.

He will now attempt to go on to a fourth All England Club semifinal on the trot, but will first have to get past seventh-seeded Ferrer who put out former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Also making Wednesday’s quarterfinals were Florian Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

It’s the first time since Wimbledon in 1997 that two German men have made the last eight of a Grand Slam.

Mayer, the 31st seed, defeated Richard Gasquet of France, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in another match which was held over from Monday.

For 27th-seeded Kohlschreiber, it was a particularly memorable day as he reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 33rd attempt by clinching a 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over American qualifier Brian Baker.

Serena Williams produced a champion’s display to knock out title-holder Petra Kvitova on Tuesday as Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber joined her in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Kvitova tipped Williams to win a fifth Wimbledon crown after the US sixth seed used her experience and cool nerve to dethrone the Czech with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Williams faces Australian Open champion Azarenka in the semifinals after the Belarusian second seed reached the last four for the second successive year with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) win over unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek.

Meanwhile winning machine Kerber emerged victorious in the all-German quarterfinal with Sabine Lisicki after blowing four match points, the eighth seed triumphing 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 7-5 to notch a tour-leading 45th win of the year.

Kerber faces third seed Radwanska, who became Poland’s first Grand Slam semifinalist in the Open Era.

She defeated Russian 17th seed Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a match played across several hours and two courts.