Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray and Johanna Konta


It was not easy in the third as well, with the two locked 4-4, but Paire served up yet another double-fault to allow Murray to level and break him to go up 5-4 and then close out the match 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4.

"All England Lawn Tennis Club staff have been working around the clock to ensure the courts are up to scratch ahead of Middle Monday, also known as Magic or Manic Monday, when all remaining male and female singles players will compete on the same day", says the Daily Mail.

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Andy Murray defeats Benoit Paire in straight sets.

Paire had begun the encounter by trying to test Murray's willingness to chase down numerous dropshots, but seeing the Scot rise time and again to the challenge, he had his own view about Murray's hip problems.

Paire has had a relatively uneventful road to the second week, as his expected opponents Nick Kyrgios and Lucas Pouille - who had defeated him on the final at Stuttgart just two weeks ago lost early.

Paire thinks he can cause an upset, after knocking out Jerzy Janowicz. But the former Australian Open semi-finalist rallied and broke the Frenchwomen when she came out to serve to stay in the match, to secure a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win. But she had no answer to Williams, who played with a self-assured and gangly ease, stepping up the power only when she needed to.

The Wimbledon draw presented the prospect of a wild ride for Andy Murray. Querrey has won 10 of his last 13 matches on grass court.

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.

There was a big scare though on Friday in the third-round against Fabio Fognini.

A stunning backhand and a wonderfully returned drop shot helped Murray to what promised to be the set-clinching break, and the top seed did - at the fifth time of asking - open up a 2-0 advantage in the next game.

In 2013, twice grand slam victor Victoria Azarenka slipped on the grass in a first-round victory, injured her knee and withdrew ahead of her second-round contest.

At one stage in the first set, play stopped as Mladenovic and Riske discussed the state of the turf with supervisor Pam Whytcross.

How do they match up?

If you want to avoid channel hopping, Murray's match will be shown uninterrupted on the BBC Sport website, which has full coverage of every match taking place this Monday. Both prefer constructing the point from the baseline, favouring their backhand sides and occasionally peppering the court with victor attempts from that wing. There have been years where the women have outshone the men but at the moment it's very hard to argue beyond the big four - Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer - being on Centre Court and Court One.

Andy Murray and Sam Querrey meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.

However, Paire is a man whose talent can pierce through most defences. "But at the end for me, it's more important going out there, playing good tennis, winning matches". The World No.1 insisted: "It's true".