Scotland's Andy Murray moved one step closer to ending Britain's 77-year drought without a Wimbledon men's singles champion, cruising past Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 Friday evening to advance to the round of 16.
Playing under the roof on Centre Court, where Murray defeated Roger Federer last summer to win Olympic men's singles gold for Britain, the second-seeded Scot used his powerful serve and all-court game to outclass his 31-year-old opponent.
Murray, who possesses one of the best return games on the ATP Tour, constantly threatened Robredo's service games and ended up with five breaks of serve for the match.
Meanwhile, the Scotsman dominated the points on his serve and only dropped one service game throughout the contest, which lasted just over two hours.
"I hit the ball really, really well from the back of the court tonight from the first game," Murray said. "That was pleasing because I served well (in) the first couple of matches, but maybe I hadn't hit the ball quite as I would have liked. But playing under the roof, it's a bit easier probably to time the ball because there's no wind or anything."
Robredo, whose best results in his career have come on clay, took some positives away from the loss.
"I have to feel proud of myself. It's a surface I'm not comfortable on at all, yet I was able to go toe-to-toe with the No. 2 player in the world," Robredo told Efe afterward.
"Being able to play on Centre Court at Wimbledon is very nice. I had the chance to play the local hero and give him a good match, so I have no reason to be hard on myself. He was better than I was and he won," the Spaniard said.
Murray lost in last year's Wimbledon final to Federer, becoming the first British men's singles player to reach the championship match since Bunny Austin in 1938.
If he can go one step further this year and lift up the winner's trophy, he would be the first British man to do so since Fred Perry in 1936.
Next up for Murray in Monday's round of 16 will be either Russia's Mikhail Youzhny or Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who were unable to start their scheduled third-round match Friday due to rain.
In other results Friday involving seeded players, 24th-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz advanced to the round of 16 by defeating 15th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-4, fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer moved into the third round with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win over countryman Roberto Bautista Agut, and 29th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov was upset in the second round by Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
In other second-round men's action, Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 26 seed, defeated Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, Germany's Tommy Haas, the No. 13 seed, cruised past Taiwan's Jimmy Wang 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, and France's Jeremy Chardy edged Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4).
Among the women's seeds, Germany's Angelique Kerber, the No. 7 seed, was upset in the second round by Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.
In third-round play, 15th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli defeated Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5, France's Alize Cornet, the No. 29 seed, lost to Italy's Flavia Pennetta 0-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, Spanish No. 19 seed Carla Suarez Navarro scored a 7-5, 6-2 win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, and Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, the No. 20 seed, rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Serbia's Vesna Dolonc.