Defending champion Andy Murray cruises into Wimbledon quarterfinals

Murray became just the third player in the Open era after Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer to reach 10 consecutive quarter-finals at a single Grand Slam after he defeated Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-4. Just after the match that day, I said sorry if she felt bad, ' Halep said.

Last year, Djokovic beat him in the Wimbledon second round before crashing to a stunning last 32 exit against Sam Querrey that triggered his long decline.

Murray faces Benoit Paire in the fourth round later on Monday, with Federer playing Grigor Dimitrov, Nadal up against Gilles Muller and Djokovic taking on Adrian Mannarino.

Elsewhere, a lively crowd cheered on British duo Marcus Willis and Jay Clarke as they triumphed in a tense five-set match on court three. The veteran suggested starting play on the two main show courts before 1:00pm could get another women's match on the bill. How do you feel about your game?' It wasn't the best tennis. "You don't always play your best and you have to get through that and fighting is part of it", Lendl said.

There's also situations I think like at the Aussie Open where there's three women's matches, two men's pretty much every day on the stadium court, as well. It was the ideal match for the 30-year-old Murray: just competitive enough to give him some good rhythm, but not so competitive that he had to risk going to top gear. "So I hope this match against him has the same impact, but I hope I play better than I did that day". Paire had as many as 44 unforced errors against Murray's eight.

Murray is also adored at the grass-court major. "I'm not suggesting that it is", Murray said.

Kuznetsova was the first to finish her match on Monday, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.

Like Murray's previous opponents - Alexander Bublik, Dustin Brown and Fabio Fognini - Paire was not out of a conventional tennis mould. Querrey is a tough player but it s a good match-up for Andy, then Rafa Nadal s out of the section - does that open up against Cilic or Muller?

"Again, he can be quite up and down". 'I don't expect an emotional match now. I've never played him on grass before. So I had to play slightly differently than I would against some other guys'.

Paire laughed at the suggestion that Murray, an inveterate limper between points, might be labouring through the pain. "Of course, I believe I have my chance to win". "When he's standing up on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he's a very unsafe player". "On Friday the club took the unusual step of putting the roof over Centre Court - usually reserved to protect from the rain - to shelter the grass before play began". It will be a good experience.

He was between practice sessions but was joining fellow British Olympic gold medallists like cyclist couple Jason and Laura Kenny, boxer Nicola Adams and swimmer Adam Peaty for lunch.

"Well, obviously we listen to players", he added, "because their feedback is important".

Paire is a finesser of a tennis ball, a player straight outta the Seventies, and it is not just his full, military beard that conveys a sense of nostalgia. "I want to stay focused".

  • Julie Sanders