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Murray and Konta through to quarter-finals on historic day at Wimbledon

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta have both fired through to the quarter-finals on an historic day at Wimbledon.

Konta becomes the first British woman to reach the last eight of the singles competition at SW19 since Jo Durie in 1984.

It wasn't all plain sailing as she beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-4 to set up a quarter-final showdown against either Victoria Azarenka or Simona Halep. Murray, meanwhile, overcame an awkward encounter with Benoit Paire to go through in straight sets 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 6-4.

As Konta's victory was confirmed when opponent Garcia slapped a final forehand into the net, the British number one fell to her knees, struggling to hold back the tears before embracing her opponent at the net.

"It was such a tough match to play," Konta told the BBC.  "She's really on impressive form so it's very hard to get any rhythm out there when she's serving so well and gets her first strike in.

"Overall I was just happy to get enough returns in in that last game. I was trying to stay light on my feet and strong in my body to try to neutralise her balls. There was very little between us today."

Konta described it as "pretty special" to match Durie's feat but she will justifiably now have another long-standing record in her sights, that of Virginia Wade - the last British woman to win Wimbledon in 1977.

In the men's draw, Murray twice recovered from a break down to win the opening set on a tie-break.  A limp Paire service game in the second gave Murray an immediate break, but he was pegged back at 3-3 and saved four break points before clinching the set.

The world number one continued to limp, chuntered away angrily at his box and argued with the umpire as he struggled to find his timing.  But he grabbed the crucial break at 4-4 in the third set before serving out to seal his passage into the last eight.

There Murray will meet Sam Querrey, who came through the battle of the big serves in five sets against Kevin Anderson on Court 18.

Marin Cilic reached his fourth consecutive quarter-final with a straight-sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Croatian seventh seed overpowered his Spanish opponent in a one-sided contest, running out a 6-2 6-2 6-2 winner on Court 12.

Bautista Agut, seeded 18, had no answer to the fearsome groundstrokes of Cilic, one of the few men outside the top four to win a grand slam in recent years with his 2014 US Open victory. The 28-year-old has never been beyond the last eight at these championships but looks every bit a threat to the big guns.


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