Wimbledon: Andy Murray's credentials to be tested against Mikhail Youzhny
Last Updated: 01/07/13 3:47pm
Andy Murray: Has played Mikhail Youzhny only twice before
Andy Murray is set to be given his toughest test of Wimbledon so far when he takes on Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round on Monday.
The British No 1 has breezed through his first three matches at the All England Club without dropping a set, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, his main rivals in the bottom half of the draw, suffered shock early exits.
But he knows 20th seed Youzhny, who reached the quarter-finals last year and finished as runner-up to Federer on the grass in Halle recently, will be a different proposition.
"It's a tough match," Murray said of the Russian. "He likes the grass.
"Players who are used to playing on the clay courts don't tend to move as well on grass; they tend to struggle a bit when you get them on the run, whereas the guys that move well on the grass and are used to the surface, they can get themselves out of tough positions on the court and they can extend the rallies a little bit longer.
"They tend to hit the ball a bit flatter so it doesn't sit up as much and that's why it's tough."
"I like to play on the grass. There aren't so many tournaments. When we have time to play on the grass, I try to stay longer."
Youzhny has also reached the last eight at both the French Open and Australian Open, as well as the semi-finals of the US Open twice. And of all the players left in the bottom half of the draw, he is second only to Murray in terms of grand slam success.
Murray and Youzhny have played each other twice before, with the Brit winning both times, but they have not faced off since 2009.
"I think everybody knows him and knows how he plays," Youzhny said.
"He plays really well on the grass. We played a long time ago, I haven't played so many matches against him. It will be a really tough match for me."
Of the Centre Court crowd, he added: "I think everybody will not be against me. They will be for Andy but not against me. So it's life, it's normal."
If Murray wins on Monday he will open up the path for a second straight final appearance.
He would be up against Fernando Verdasco or Kenny de Schepper in the quarter-finals and Jerzy Janowicz is the only seed he could face in the last four.