Andy Murray marches on to Wimbledon quarter-finals


That won't stop her taking her customary seat in the Players' Box tomorrow and living and breathing every point when Murray faces American Sam Querrey for a place in the semi-finals.

But Murray is something of a Francophile - with his winning run against opponents from across the Channel now extended to a tres bon 26 times and counting.

Frenchman Paire, ranked 46, is known for his backhand, temper, drop shots and all-round unpredictability.

Murray twice recovered from a break down to win the opening set on a tie-break. 6-4, 6-4 victor against Benoit Paire of France in the last 16 on Centre Court yesterday, just hours before Rafael Nadal, the world's second best player by the rankings and a potential semi-final opponent, crashed out in a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 five-set epic to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Court No 1. The world No 1 has faced an exotic mix of some of the game's more charismatic figures in his first four matches here and come through each of them with a minimum of fuss. "It comes down to Wednesday, one day, so I've just got to try to find a way to try to be better on that day". That's a big part of my game.

Men's world No. 1 Andy Murray hobbled through to his 10th straight Wimbledon quarter-final yesterday with a mixture of patience and guile to see off the stubborn challenge of Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4 in 2hr 21min. In 1978, Virginia Wade was the runner-up.

Murray has won seven of their eight previous meetings but knows Querrey is a step up on his previous opponents.

"He's someone that understands the occasion of playing big matches, big tournaments".

"Sam likes the conditions here". He's not an easy guy to play - tactics aren't easy against him.

"When he's standing up on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he's a very risky player". It's just tough to bet against Murray here, especially when Querrey hasn't been here often. "It doesn't work for us", Lewis said. I'll work on some of the things I would have done before the tournament if I had those days there.

"He's really accomplished all that a player can accomplish".

The Telegraph reports that the All England Club's show courts - Centre and Court One - (where the "big dogs" play) routinely host two men's match and only one women's game per day.

Paire, who was attempting to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in his career, lived up to his reputation as one of the most unpredictable players on the tour.

"Hopefully in a couple of days I'll feel better again", he added.

WTA world number one Angelique Kerber was forced to play her defeat to Garbine Mugurza on Court Two for the second round in a row and has led the complaints over the decision to seemingly give preference to the men's draw. At the end I have to take the court I get scheduled on.

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