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Federer, Murray, Djokovic enter quarters

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WIMBLEDON, July 7 (IANS): Seven-time champion Roger Federer and local hero Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Roger Federer, 33, on Monday took just an hour and 25 minutes to defeat Spain�s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to move into the Wimbledon on Monday for a 13th time, reports Xinhua. �It was nice to play a baseliner after two big servers. I did a nice job making the transition,� said Federer, who overcame Sam Querrey and Sam Groth in the previous rounds.

�Clearly, I felt I had more time on the return (and was) still able to play aggressive tennis, committed on the return as well. It was a good match. I got off to a good start and kept rolling.�

The second seed will next take on Frenchman Gilles Simon, whom Federer has defeated five times in seven meetings. Simon advanced with an upset of Tomas Berdych.

Murray, the third seed, is through to his 18th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final � and his eighth at Wimbledon � after beating Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

The Scot will fight for a semi-final berth against unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who became only the third Canadian man to reach quarter-finals by beating Serbia�s Viktor Troicki.

Djokovic looked very likely to become the first top seed since Pete Sampras in 2001 to lose in the fourth round, dropping the first two sets 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6) after almost two hours.

But the world No.1 made a strong comeback to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-4. When the daylight gave out after three hours of play, the match was suspended on Court One with the last set to be played on Tuesday.

He struggled to find his rhythm when play resumed on Tuesday after a delay because of rain.

But the world number one and top seed finally got to grips with the big-serving South African to win 6-7 (6-8), 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

The winner will face last year�s US Open champion Marin Cilic for a place in the last four.

French Open champion Stan Wawringka defeated Belgium�s 16th seed David Goffin 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4 to reach the last eight for the second successive year. He will next take on French 21st seed Richard Gasquet, who beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (6).

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Federer, Murray, Djokovic enter quarters

WIMBLEDON, July 7 (IANS): Seven-time champion Roger Federer and local hero Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Roger Federer, 33, on Monday took just an hour and 25 minutes to defeat Spain�s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to move into the Wimbledon on Monday for a 13th time, reports Xinhua. �It was nice to play a baseliner after two big servers. I did a nice job making the transition,� said Federer, who overcame Sam Querrey and Sam Groth in the previous rounds.

�Clearly, I felt I had more time on the return (and was) still able to play aggressive tennis, committed on the return as well. It was a good match. I got off to a good start and kept rolling.�

The second seed will next take on Frenchman Gilles Simon, whom Federer has defeated five times in seven meetings. Simon advanced with an upset of Tomas Berdych.

Murray, the third seed, is through to his 18th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final � and his eighth at Wimbledon � after beating Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

The Scot will fight for a semi-final berth against unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who became only the third Canadian man to reach quarter-finals by beating Serbia�s Viktor Troicki.

Djokovic looked very likely to become the first top seed since Pete Sampras in 2001 to lose in the fourth round, dropping the first two sets 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6) after almost two hours.

But the world No.1 made a strong comeback to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-4. When the daylight gave out after three hours of play, the match was suspended on Court One with the last set to be played on Tuesday.

He struggled to find his rhythm when play resumed on Tuesday after a delay because of rain.

But the world number one and top seed finally got to grips with the big-serving South African to win 6-7 (6-8), 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

The winner will face last year�s US Open champion Marin Cilic for a place in the last four.

French Open champion Stan Wawringka defeated Belgium�s 16th seed David Goffin 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4 to reach the last eight for the second successive year. He will next take on French 21st seed Richard Gasquet, who beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (6).