Ace Murray set to raise the roof again for Ferrero clash

ANDY MURRAY will once again have the hopes of a nation resting on his shoulders this afternoon as he goes in search of a place in the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the first time.<br /><br />Less than 40 hours after his gruelling fourth round clash with Stanislas Wawrinka, the British No1 steps back onto Centre Court to take on Spanish wildcard Juan Carlos Ferrero for a place in the last four.<br /><br />The Scot captured the hearts of the nation with his epic five-set victory over Wawrinka under the new All England Club roof on Monday night, watched by a record TV audience of 11.8m &ndash; over half of the overall viewing figure. Indeed, at Wimbledon itself, fans have queued for two days to snap up the remaining 500 tickets for Murray&rsquo;s match this afternoon, and, should he win, Murraymania will escalate to all new heights.<br /><br />Murray beat Ferrero in straight sets on his way to winning at Queen&rsquo;s Club two weeks ago &ndash; the only meeting between the two. But Ferrero, 29, is a former world No1 and French Open champion, and even though he briefly spoke about retiring this year after sliding down the rankings, Murray is taking nothing for granted.<br /><br />&ldquo;Ferrero is a very tough player. He plays well on any surface &ndash; he&rsquo;s a former world number one,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;In every match, regardless of who you&rsquo;re playing against, especially in an individual sport, anything can happen on the day. I played very well at Queen&rsquo;s but the courts here are a little bit different. If I play poorly, there&rsquo;s a good chance I&rsquo;ll lose against him. But I&rsquo;ll try my best to play well. If I do that, I've got a chance of winning.&rdquo;<br /><br />Murray&rsquo;s quarter-final gets underway after what is likely to be a serve-dominated contest between second seed Roger Federer and Ivo Karlovic. Fve-time champion Federer has been in imperious form so far but will find Karlovic a tough opponent with the Croatian having slammed down 137 aces in his four matches so far.<br /><br />Waiting for Murray or Ferrero in the last four is 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt or the big-serving No6 seed Andy Roddick, who do battle on the adjacent Court One after No4 seed Novak Djokovic plays Tommy Haas in a repeat of the recent Halle final on grass, which the German won.<br /><br /><strong>FAST FACTS </strong>JUAN CARLOS FERRERO<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Spanish<br /><strong>Seeded</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Unseeded<br /><strong>Ranking</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 70<br /><strong>Titles in 2009</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 1<br /><strong>Career titles</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 12<br /><strong>Grand Slam wins</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 (French Open 03)<br /><strong>Best Wimbledon</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; QF (07, 09)