World number four and Great Britain’s best player Andy Murray will take on world number five David Ferrer of Spain in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Both of them had pretty similar wins in the fourth round, as Murray beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic in straight sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 and Ferrer thrashed 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
This will be the 11th meeting between Murray and Ferrer on the ATP World Tour. The Brit and the Spaniard are tied at 5-5 in the head to head series. However, they will be meeting for the first time on grass courts.
In their latest encounter, Ferrer prevailed over Murray in four sets 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the French Open last month.
This is for the first time that Ferrer has reached the last-eight stage at the Wimbledon. On the other hand, Murray went down in the semi-finals in last three years.
Ferrer was used to be considered a clay court specialist, who could not play well on the faster surfaces but now things have changed as Murray said, "To me he's not a clay court specialist. He won last week on grass, so he's won, what, eight matches in a row on the grass? He's been in the semi-finals of Australia, I think semi-finals of the US Open, as well, and now he's starting to play better on grass. I don't see him as a clay-court specialist at all."
Commenting on Ferrer’s defensive style of play, the Brit added, "If I serve like I did at the end of the second set and the third set today it doesn't matter how well someone's returning because, if you hit a serve close to the line on grass, you can't get there."
The Spaniard is aiming to capture the Wimbledon crown to come out of the shadow of his 11-time Grand Slam winning countryman Rafael Nadal. On the other hand, the British number one is trying to become the first player from his country to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry won the Wimbledon for the last time in 1936.