Much to the relief of the British fans, Andy Murray passed a severe test to keep his Wimbledon dream alive.
The No.3 seed withstood heavy serving and a fine attacking game by American Robert Kendrick, who was playing above his ranking of No.76, to win 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 37 minutes.
Murray held the early initiative with a 4-2 lead in the first set, but his serve began to misfire and at one stage his opponent was just two points from winning the set.
The World No.3, who had numerous chances to break the Kendrick serve in the second set, let his opportunities slip away as he double-faulted to trail 3-4 in the tie-break. A confident Kendrick then went on to win three straight points to take the second set.
The tide fell to the Briton’s favour, as the American hit a double fault to gift Murray a service break. A spectacular volley in the 10th game game Kendrick the chance to break back, but Murray wrapped it up to go to two sets to one lead.
Kendrick’s high risk strategy began to misfire as Murray wrapped up his 10th victory at the Championships to earn a meeting with Latvian Ernests Gulbis.