Brave Murray forced to dig deep to win late-night epic

ANDY MURRAY hailed his 15,000-strong army of fans after battling his way through a record-breaking five-set thriller with Stanislas Wawrinka.<br /><br />Playing under the new Centre Court roof for the first time, the British No1 recovered from a disastrous opening set to clinch an epic&nbsp; 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory in a match which finished at 10.38pm &ndash; the latest ever at Wimbledon.<br /><br />Murray, attempting to become the first British Wimbledon Men&rsquo;s Singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936, was taken to the very brink by the Swiss 19th seed, who never gave up despite losing his early strangehold on a pulsating match. Wawrinka had clearly done his homework on his training partner, forcing Murray into several unforced errors, before the Scot somehow held his nerve in a gripping deciding set to book a quarter-final date against wildcard Juan Carlos Ferrero tomorrow.<br /><br />Witnessing the first floodlit match at the All England Club, the sell-out crowd greeted very winning point from Murray with a tumultuous roar &ndash; the roof raising acoustics on Centre Court to whole new levels.<br /><br />Although clearly drained, the third seed beamed: &ldquo;It was great, always when you play indoors the atmosphere is great, but when you&rsquo;ve got 15,000 supporters it makes it extra special, so thanks a lot. It was pretty special, I thought Stan played a great match. The standard he set at the start was tough to keep up with. He was playing great and he came out with some big shots. In five-set matches there are momentum shifts sometimes.&rdquo;<br /><br />&nbsp;Waiting for Murray in the last eight was favourite Roger Federer after he repeated his French Open final victory over Sweden&rsquo;s Robin Soderling with a straight sets victory. Just as at Roland Garros last month, the Swiss never looked in any danger as he rallied to a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) success.<br /><br />Five-time champion Federer now takes on big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the quarter-final after he beat seventh seed Fernando Verdasco.<br /><br />Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, came from two sets down to beat Radek Stepanek 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, and set up a quarter-final with sixth seed Andy Roddick, who impressed on his way to a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych. Fourth seed Novak Djokovic is also through after a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win over Dudi Sela.<br /><br />MEN&rsquo;S SINGLES QUARTER-FINAL DRAW<br />L Hewitt&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Roddick (6)<br />A Murray (3)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; J-C Ferrero<br />T Haas (24)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; N Djokovic (4)<br />I Karlovic (22)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R Federer (2)<br /><br />ORDER OF PLAY DAY EIGHT<br /><strong>CENTRE COURT</strong> (1pm start)<br />D Safina (Rus) (1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S Lisicki (Ger)<br />V Azarenka (8)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S Williams (2)<br />Bryan/Bryan (1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Soares/Ullyett (5)<br /><strong><br />COURT ONE</strong> (1pm start)<br />V Williams (3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Radwanska (11)<br />F Schiavone&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; v&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; E Dementieva (4)<br />Kubot/Marach (8)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; v &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nestor/Zimonjic (5)