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Wimbledon: Murray advances to quarterfinal

12 July 2017

Sensing an air of disbelief around the interview room, the world No 1 insisted: "It's true". Monday's match against Paire, Murray said, was his best so far in the tournament.

With Jo Konta winning earlier in the day against Caroline Garcia, it means that Britain has a man and woman in the last eight for the first time since 1973. "She's a tough opponent and a great champion". In fact, Murray credited the victory over Paire for sowing the seeds for a memorable 2016, a few days before their match on Monday.

Expectations are high that Murray and Konta can match that, with both going into their matches as favourite.

Those questioning the quality of the lawns aren't limited to competitors who have rarely played on the grass but include former Wimbledon champions, although Mattek-Sands' description of her injury in a Facebook live video suggested the grass wasn't to blame. "So I hope I can keep it up". I wouldn't rule Murray out. "Obviously I want to try to get to the final".

Murray will surely never have faced as many drop shots in four consecutive matches in his life, while the Paire backhand is among the best on tour. "But he was feeling 100 per cent", Paire said. For him, it's every time like this.

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"I've seen him play massive Davis Cup matches - we played in Glasgow and I think he had a bit of a back issue there". "Look at him. During the point, you didn't see any problem".

That pattern continued in the third set as another forehand error from Dimitrov handed Federer victory on his second match point in just over an hour and a half.

Sam Querrey has also finished runners up in the US Open Mixed Doubles back in 2015 with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. So it's never easy to know if he's injured, if not. "He is probably, I'm sure a couple of the football (soccer) players are massive names, but he is arguably the biggest athlete over here", the 29-year-old said. She's someone who is playing with a lot of confidence right now.

Sam Querrey stands directly in his path, a 6ft 5ins American with a unsafe serve but one Murray has beaten seven times in their eight meetings, usually in straight sets. "To play Murray on Centre Court will be a good experience". It's not easy to win matches like that. He'll be confident going in.

A tight first set went with serve until, in time-honoured fashion, Federer applied the pressure and secured his break in the ninth game before serving out the set. He's a very aggressive player.

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"I've done a good job so far here", Murray said. Nothing really flusters him.

There were four breaks of serve across the opening eight games but Paire's unpredictable style soon became predictable, allowing the defending champion to establish control and find his rhythm. And: "When he's standing on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he's a very risky player".

Paire, who in the past had said how much he disliked Wimbledon, said that he loved it now.

Adding extra spice to today's drama is a growing concern over the state of the All England Club's famed Centre Court where, according to Djokovic, a hole has developed.

He was in all kind of troubles in that 10th game, having to save 4 break points, but in the end, he brought the game and the set home, taking a huge 2-0 advantage despite playing far from his best.

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Federer returned from a six-month knee surgery lay-off to dramatically win the Australian Open in January, his first grand slam title since the day he denied Murray at Wimbledon. The good thing is that I didn't have any fines. "I'm just so blessed and happy that I am not injured today, because we saw worse today". "I can have a drink tonight".

Wimbledon: Murray advances to quarterfinal