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Murray reaches sixth straight Wimbledon QF

Last year's runner-up, Andy Murray, reached his sixth straight Wimbledon quarterfinal with a workmanlike fourth- round victory Monday.

The second seed handled 20th-seeded Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on Centre Court. The capable Youzhny has reached at least the fourth round at Wimbledon on eight occasions.

Murray lost to Roger Federer in last year's Wimbledon final and then beat Federer in the Olympic gold-medal match a few weeks later here on the hallowed lawns at the All England Club.

The 26-year-old Murray will now appear in his 10th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal. He captured his first-ever major title by beating Djokovic in last year's U.S. Open finale and lost to Djokovic in this year's Australian Open final.

Murray's quarterfinal opponent on Wednesday will be Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco.

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded French Open runner-up David Ferrer reached his second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal by overcoming capable Croat Ivan Dodig 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-1 and eighth-seeded former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro doused 23rd-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to reach his first-ever Wimbledon quarter.

The gritty Spaniard Ferrer and formidable 6-foot-7 Argentine del Potro will lock horns in a marquee quarterfinal on Wednesday.

A pair of Poles landed in the round of eight at Wimbledon for the first time in history, as 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz outlasted veteran Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and Lukasz Kubot went the distance to beat France's Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 6- foot-8 Janowicz and Kubot will meet on Wednesday, with the winner giving Poland its' first-ever male Grand Slam semifinalist.

Also reaching his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal was the aforementioned southpaw and former top-10 star Verdasco, who handled Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Day 7 of the fortnight.