Wimbledon: David Ferrer into quarter-final after win over Ivan Dodig
Last Updated: 01/07/13 6:01pm
David Ferrer: Seventh successive grand slam final
David Ferrer overcame the loss of the first set to finally break down Ivan Dodig and book his place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a hard-fought 6-7 7-6 6-1 6-1 victory.
Spain's fourth seed made a slow start after arriving on Court Two late for his match, but fought his way back into the contest to secure his seventh successive grand slam quarter-final.
Ferrer's slow start gave Croatian Dodig the advantage but the opening set still went to a tie-breaker, which Dodig took before Ferrer responded by taking the second in the same manner.
World No 49 Dodig had been causing problems for Ferrer with his serve but as the match wore on he struggled to maintain any sort of consistency as the Spaniard chased down more and more of his efforts.
Ferrer even failed to win a point on the Dodig serve in the second set, but once he did draw level the fight seemed to drain out of Dodig and he surrendered his serve three times in the third set and twice in the fourth.
Next up for Ferrer will be a quarter-final battle with eighth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, who overcame Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-6 6-3.
Del Potro suffered ankle and knee injuries when slipping during his third round match and was heavily strapped for his last-16 encounter.
The Argentine converted only two of 11 break points and required four match points to close out the world No 28, but he was just too good in the end.
There will also be a spot of history occurring in the men's quarter-finals after two Polish players made it through to the last eight - where they will go head-to-head in an all-Polish derby.
No 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz will go up against and world No 130 Lukasz Kubot after both men came through tough five-set battles in the last 16.
Kubot defeated Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 while the heavy-hitting Janowicz battered Jurgen Melzer into submission in a 3-6 7-6 6-4 4-6 6-4 success.
Janowicz and Kubot will meet on Wednesday with the winner then becoming Poland's first ever grand slam semi-finalist.