World No. 5 David Ferrer, the last Spanish singles player left at Wimbledon, advanced into the quarterfinals by defeating Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday.

"Today, I played one of my best matches on this surface," Ferrer said, adding that the score "can be deceptive because it was a very tough match, both physically and tennis wise."

Ferrer's opponent in the quarterfinals will be Andy Murray, of Scotland, the crowd favorite.

"I always try to win, since I was 12. I will focus on playing every point against Murray and on giving everything I've got," the 30-year-old Ferrer said.

The veteran, who has made nine appearances at Wimbledon, had never made it this deep into the tournament at the All England Club.

Murray, the world No. 4, is trying to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

"I played well (against Del Potro) and it'll be my first quarters. It's very hard to beat Murray on any surface, but maybe harder on grass. I'll try to do the best I can," Ferrer, the 7th seed, said.

Tournament officials closed the roof over Center Court before the start of the match due to rain, allowing the players to battle it out without any concerns about the notorious wind that sometimes affects matches at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is the third of four Grand Slam tournaments on the tennis calendar and the only one played on grass. EFE