Federer, Murray through to quarters

Wednesday, 12 Jul, 2017

Talking to The Mirror, he added: "There have been a lot of close matches and I've just managed to get through, but I've no idea exactly why that is". I haven't read it so I don't know what the finished article is like but it's good that she's telling her side of the story because not everyone is aware what parents have to do to give their kids the best chance of making it in what they want to do. I'm really pleased with that.

The American will be a test. Querrey has a big serve and a steely mentality, coming through in five-set matches in his last two outings. Swiss maestro dominated the battle of two attractive one-handed backhands every step of the way. It's not always easy to see where you should be playing the ball. I've never played him on the grass before.

Murray was cheered on by a passionate Centre Court crowd with some of his pals from the sporting world including boxers David Haye, Carl Froch and golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick in the Royal Box.

Nadal won two of his 15 Grand Slam championships at Wimbledon, and played in the final three other times, most recently in 2011.

He will face Sam Querrey in the last eight.

With Sydney-born Johanna Konta also advancing to the last eight, Britain has representatives in the men's and women's quarter-finals at the All England Club for the first time since Roger Taylor and Virginia Wade both made it this far 44 years ago.

It will be familiar territory to Murray.

And, to make matters worse, Lewis then tried to justify the scheduling on the two main courts, arguing the majority of people are more interested in the men's games.

But Paire does still pose a threat, an unorthodox player - that appears to be the theme of the men on the other side of the net from Murray at this Wimbledon - who pushed Murray to three tight sets in Monaco previous year. "I mean, today was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball".

Unseeded Paire, 28, in the fourth round for the first time, opted to attend a friend's barbeque rather than watch Murray's last-32 victory against Fognini. Falling into a love-40 hole in the ninth game, Paire was in prime position for a backhand volley but badly bungled the shot wide donating the break at love as Murray served for the set at 5-4.

I'm tempted to go for glory and back Paire to take the first set at 19/2 in Sky Bet's "set exacta" market before Murray a fightback, but there's enough value in the four-set win. Querrey had already ended Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's hopes of improving on his record as a two-time semi-finalist in a match that ran over two days before edging out Anderson. It took no less than 11 hours and 5 minutes, 180 games and 980 points to distinguish a victor (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68). In the victory, Querrey won 83 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points.

Murray lead Cilic 12-3 in career meetings, while he is an impressive 6-0 in head to head clashes against Luxembourg's Muller.

His level ever so slightly dropped in the second set of his fourth round battle against Fognini though, and he took it 6-4. Brown showed flashes of his mercurial best but was picked off by Murray who moved well around the court, showing ho effects of his recent hip injury.