Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray & Johanna Konta Target Quarter-Finals

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray & Johanna Konta Target Quarter-Finals

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray & Johanna Konta Target Quarter-Finals

"We keep thinking Roger Federer should be from Los Angeles".

Wimbledon began last week with talk that this might be one of the most open tournaments for years, but as the last 16 players prepare to do battle here in the fourth round of the men's singles on Monday it is clear that the cream has risen to the top.

Murray admitted the injury had played on his mind during the scare on Centre Court where he eventually came through in four sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

For 12 grinding years and 42 Grand Slam tournaments and $8 million in prize money, Sam Querrey has roamed the Earth, somewhat famous and somewhat not. Querrey hopes to make his first career grand slam semifinal.

A wobble saw him concede a third break of the match to draw level on three games apiece, but again Paire couldn't hold on to his lead-this time at 4-3-and lost three successive games as the second set went to his foe. Pouille was defeated by a resurgent Jerzy Janowicz, once a semi-finalist here back in 2013. "They were complaining", he notes, "especially on the outside courts".

A four-times first-round loser at Wimbledon before falling at the second hurdle a year ago, Konta looked blissfully unencumbered by the dual burdens of tournament favouritism and local expectation as she enhanced her burgeoning status by advancing to the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the expense of Caroline Garcia. In fact, the only player to take a set off Paire was his first round opponent, Rogerio Dutra Silva, who is far more comfortable on clay than grass.

Whatever Andy Murray does, whatever he has accomplished, he can't escape pressure.

The German tackles 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza having survived a three-set scare to see off Shelby Rogers in the third round. The third round was a much less straightforward. I didn't feel I moved that well against Fabio [Fognini, his previous opponent] but I felt like I moved really good.

"It's nice to reach the fourth round, but this is not the goal that somebody sets themselves". "Everyone's happy to see the Murray game".

Lendl, nevertheless, does not appear concerned about Murray's fitness, though the coach agreed that it was often important for a player to be able to play through pain.

How do they match up?

The omens are good that Murray can shave off the bearded Paire from his list of rivals. The Scot is definitely the better all-court game of the two and is far superior mobility and defensive skills.

The benefit of being defending champion means Andy Murray had a full weekend off.

Paire spun a forehand long to end it after two hours, 21 minutes sending Murray into his 10th Wimbledon quarterfinal.

That could easily be the match of this day of days, but to be fair, we could make a case for maybe half-a-dozen. Not only that, but he's shown a preference for pulling those shots off low bounces, a natural fit for grass.

"He's played four matches now". Paire's can hit big from that side, but he is also prone to miss, and he needs to strike the right balance between consistency and aggression to be in with a chance of upsetting the world number 1. Consistency. Sometimes everything just turns up for him and the stands gasp in surprise.

Paire has left his mark on Wimbledon in more ways than one; after being knocked out here in 2013 he had smashed up every racket in his bag out of sheer frustration. However, the nature of his personality and tennis isn't consistent enough to defeat a man whose ascent to number 1 was mainly due to consistency.

I like Murray in probably four sets.

Who do you think will win the match?

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