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Andy Murray progresses with straight-sets victory over Tomas Robredo

Home-favourite win 6-2 6-4 7-5 as he cruises past Spaniard on Centre Court

Andy Murray continued his serene progress at Wimbledon 2013 last night easing past Tommy Robredo and into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 victory. It was his third successive straight sets win and the Scot has yet to even be taken to a tie-break.

Inclement weather meant the Centre Court roof was closed but the rain did not deter fans watching the action on the big screen from under a forest umbrellas on Murray Mount. They were rewarded for their loyalty with a dominant performance by the British No.1. Robredo, 29 in the world, did not play poorly but Murray had too much guile and power.

Murray admitted his opponent had taken time to adapt to the conditions but felt he became increasingly comfortable in them. “I'd have thought it was the first time for him playing indoors on grass,” said Murray. “He started serving very well in the third set but I managed to get the break.”

The most satisfying aspect of his performance, Murray added, was that “I struck the ball very well. I went for a lot of winners. I served well in the first two games but di d not hit the all so well, tonight I hit the ball better from the back of the court. I hope I can keep playing better, but I have been pushed in my matches. I want to stay concentrated. Upsets are never far away. There are young guys looking to making a breakthrough.”

Murray broke early in the first set and went to take it in 34 minutes but the second was a tighter affair with Murray's early break within a point of being cancelled out before stepped up a gear to win. Since Robredo had thrice come back in the French Open from two sets down to win a wag might have suggested he now had Murray exactly where he wanted him. But those victories were not against opponents of Murray's calibre.

Murray did have to wait until the 11 game of the third set to secure his break, but once he had it a fortunate net cord, an ace, a serve-and-volley and a return into the net from Rebredo settled the issue after two hours, one minute..

Murray now meets either Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, at 20 the highest remaining seed in Murray's half of the draw, or Viktor Troicki, of Serbia, who put out the No.14 Janko Tipsarevic.

David Ferrer defeats Roberto Bautista Agut to reach last 32 for sixth year in a row

World number 4 wins 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-5 in third round to set-up match with Alexandr Dolgopolov

David Ferrer’s Wimbledon record is much like his tennis: consistent and dogged but spectacularly unspectacular. The 31-year-old Spaniard has reached the third round here for the sixth year in a row but has only one quarter-final appearance to show for all his hard work in 10 previous appearances at the All England Club.

Ferrer is through to the last 32 once again thanks to a typically hard-working victory over his fellow Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut. Ferrer, who will climb to at least No 3 in the world rankings after Wimbledon, won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 but was pushed hard by the world No 60.

The victory was typical of so many Ferrer performances. Although he lacks the big weapons that so many of his rivals can call upon, he is a model of consistency. Nobody works harder for his points as Ferrer creates winning situations with his aggressive ball-striking from the back of the court, manoeuvring opponents out of their comfort zone.

Bautista Agut is playing in his first Wimbledon – he failed in three previous attempts to qualify – and has never gone beyond the second round of a Grand Slam tournament yet he has plenty of talent. Although most comfortable when grinding out points from the back of the court, the 25-year-old was not afraid to use subtle variations of pace and even tried serve-and-volley on occasions.

After two false starts because of the rain – play was even halted after the first point because the damp Court One surface was deemed to be dangerous – Ferrer broke immediately. The last two points of Bautista Agut’s first service game summed up Ferrer’s relentless spirit as the server was outrallied and forced into backhand errors. Bautista Agut broke back immediately but after another break Ferrer served out for the set after 43 minutes.

Bautista Agut took the second set with a single break of serve, Ferrer double-faulting on break point, and twice came back from a break down to take the third set into a tie-break, only for Ferrer to win it 7-4. The underdog hung on well in the fourth set, but at 5-5 he was broken, netting a forehand on break point. Ferrer, who will now play the Ukrainian world No 24, Alexandr Dolgopolov, served out for victory when Bautista Agut hit a return wide on the first match point.

Laura Robson beats Mariana Duque-Marino to reach third round

Teenager advanced to last 32 at Wimbledon with relatively comfortable second-round victory

It is one of the curiosities of Laura Robson's burgeoning career that her best performances have been away from Britain, reaching the third round in Australian Open and the fourth round at the US.

Today the teenager hinted that may change as she advanced to the last 32 at Wimbledon with a relatively comfortable second round victory over Mariana Duque-Marino.

Robson, currently 38 in the world, beat an opponent four years older but 79 places lower in the rankings 6-4, 6-1 in 73 minutes. Watched by her father Andrew and sister Emily, who had came over from Melbourne (mum Kathy is at the family home in Greece, looking after the Robson dogs), she overcame a nervous start to ultimately sweep Duque-Marino aside.

“I didn't think I really played my best, my timing was a bit off, but I managed to control it,” said Robson. “It is a big win for me. Any match on centre court is a big one. It was a great atmosphere out there under the roof [inclement weather meant the roof was closed]. I felt nervous at the start, but then I thought 'I have played here, she is probably even more nervous'.”

Robson will now play Marina Erakovic, of New Zealand, ranked 71 in the world and a former doubles partner of another young Briton Heather Watson..

A tentative Robson dropped her second service game, despite saving one break point with a 107mph ace, but immediately broke back. The British No.1 drove home her advantage breaking again then holding to win four games in a row and take a 5-2 lead. The set seemed hers when she forced a set point but Robson made hard work of closing it out missing that opportunity then being broken herself after twice double-faulting. At 4-5 the match was back on serve but Marino-Duque's delivery was as vulnerable as Robson's and she immediately surrendered two sets points, Robson taking the second to huge cheers from the partisan crowd.

Marino-Duque, a 23-year-old Colombian, who came through Wimbledon qualifying, mixed up her game far more than Robson but her play was very inconsistent. Robson broke her opening service game of the second set with a fine cross-court forehand, following up with another rasping cross-court drive to take a 3-0 lead. Duque-Marino, who was bidding to reach a Grand Slam third round for the first time, avoided a 'bagel' by holding her serve in the fourth game, but was by then no match for the increasingly confident Robson.

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