SHEFFIELD’S Jonny Marray is through to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with partner Frederick Nielsen. It took them seven match points to seal their place, beating eighth seeds Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 5-7 7-5 in a match that had been delayed from Monday.
It will be a first grand slam quarter-final for former St Wilfrid’s and All Saints School student Marray, aged 31, whose best previous runs have been fourth-round appearances at Wimbledon in 2007 and 2009 and the US Open last year.
Marray and Nielsen will now face American James Cerretani and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who are also unseeded.
He said: “I’ve beaten quite a lot of the guys in the draw and I always felt we had a good chance of doing well.
“You don’t really think past the first few rounds to begin with but now we’re here it’s a good feeling.
“You’ve got the home crowd and your parents and your friends here which is nice because the rest of the year they can’t get to see you because you are abroad.
British No 1 Andy Murray refused to be defeated by the rain as he booked his place in the quarter-finals of the singles for a fifth successive year.
Murray was dogged by interruptions in his fourth round clash with Marin Cilic, but won in straight sets (7-5 6-2 6-3) yesterday.
He’ll now take on Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer after he secured his spot in the last eight with a routine straight-sets win over Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro under the roof on Centre Court. Ferrer dominated against the ninth seed, who was briefly treated on court with a knee problem, to win 6-3 6-2 6-3.
Ferrer beat Murray at last month’s French Open.