Murray: I must improve to end Britain's 75-year wait

Scot refuses to be complacent after reaching quarter-finals with impressive straight-sets win

Andy Murray is through to the last eight here for the fourth year in succession but insisted last night that he needs to keep improving if he is to end Britain's 75-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion. After beating Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 with one of his most convincing victories at the All England Club, Murray will face Spain's Feliciano Lopez in tomorrow's quarter-finals.



"I'm sure it will be a match that a lot of people will be expecting me to win, but I know it's going to be very difficult,' Murray said. "It's the quarter-finals of a Slam. I've just got to be ready.'

With Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also winning, the world's top four players stayed on course to meet in Friday's semi-finals. The last time the top four seeds contested the semi-finals here was when Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic made the last four in 1995.

Djokovic beat Michael Llodra comfortably, but Federer and Nadal, who knocked out Mikhail Youzhny and Juan Martin del Potro respectively, both dropped a set for the first time in the tournament. Nadal, seeded to meet Murray in the semis, suffered a foot injury in the first set and said he would not know how serious it is until today.

Murray produced his best tennis of the tournament so far to beat Gasquet. The Scot took time to adjust to the hot and steamy conditions, having played both his previous Centre Court matches under the retractable roof, but eventually dominated.

"The second and third sets were much better," Murray said. "In the first set I returned poorly, so I wasn't able to get into any of his service games at all. I had no break points in the first set, but managed to string a few good points together in the tie-break."

He added: "You need to just try and keep improving with each match. It's when you go behind in matches, when you're pushed, that it's important to up your game and play your best tennis. I'm sure I'll get challenged in the next round. I've just got to be ready for it.'

Lopez, a big-serving left-hander, reached his third Wimbledon quarter-final by coming back from two sets down to beat Poland's Lukasz Kubot 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-5. The 29-year-old is ranked No 44 in the world but has had an excellent tournament, having knocked out Andy Roddick in the third round. Judy, Murray's mother, might hardly know where to look tomorrow. She has made no secret of her admiration for the good-looking Spaniard, who is nicknamed "Deliciano".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched Murray's match from the Royal Box and met the world No 4 afterwards. Murray said he would have shaved had he known they were coming. Asked if he would like to be sponsored by Gillette, who have a deal with Federer, Murray replied: "I wouldn't have the discipline. I think all the Gillette athletes have to shave every day. I think they have to be clean-shaven. I probably wouldn't be able to keep that up."

News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
PROMOTED VIDEO
Sport
Louis van Gaal would have been impressed with Darren Fletcher’s performance against LA Galaxy during Manchester United’s 7-0 victory
football
Voices
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Sport
Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana
sport
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Sport
Rhys Williams
commonwealth games
News
Isis fighters travel in a vehicle as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
filmReview: Actor delivers astonishing performance in low budget drama
Life and Style
fashionLatex dresses hit the catwalk to raise awareness for HIV and Aids
Travel
travel
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform