Murray: 'I play my best when I'm not thinking'

Murray: 'I play my best when I'm not thinking'

Murray: 'I play my best when I'm not thinking'

The World No.1 has faced an exotic mix of some of the game's more charismatic figures in his first four matches here and come through each of them with minimal fuss.

Following on from Alexander Bublik, Dustin Brown and Fabio Fognini, Paire is another of the tour's more quirky characters, and Murray may simply be desperately short of rhythm.

The 2014 US Open champion Cilic reached a fourth successive Wimbledon quarter-final and will look to reach his first semi-final at the All England Club on Wednesday.

Although he's not been anywhere near his best at this year's tournament, Murray has dealt with four potentially testing opponents easily so far.

Kerber, who was beaten in three sets, said: "I was really surprised that I was playing on Court Number Two". Despite that, a strong serve and well-balanced net game should actually suit the surface, and it's a constant waiting game for him to get a good mix of draws and form. If you see when he's playing like this, he has no problem if he's 100%. I've never played him on the grass before.

"To play Murray on Centre Court will be a good experience", he said.

But four straight victories with just one dropped set mean the three-time grand-slam victor and double Olympic champion remains on course to add another prestigious prize to his stunning portfolio.

The Scotsman, aiming for his third men's title at SW19, will face American Sam Querrey in the next round after he overcame South Africa's Kevin Anderson in five sets.

Yesterday, British representatives Johanna Konta and Andy Murray made history at Wimbledon to reach the championship's quarter-finals, respectively.

It will be familiar territory to Murray.

Murray added: "He has a very different game to a lot of the guys now".

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 a year ago.

"I have played on better courts". His powerful groundstrokes and big serve have been major weapons on his way to the quarters and will surely be too much for a jaded opponent here. Murray attacked behind a bold serve thumping a smash to save the second break point. The Frenchman loves a drop shot, has one of the better backhands in the game and can become paralysed by nerves with the winning line in sight.

But, while he praised Konta for her achievement in beating France's Caroline Garcia, he said he didn't necessarily need another home player to be taking the pressure off him. Querrey has played a lot of long matches to get to this point, but he's fresh off a performance where he had 58 winners and 18 unforced errors. Paire broke back to level the score at 3-3, but Murray broke again for a 5-4 lead.

Murray twice recovered from a break down to win the opening set on a tie-break.

But he grabbed the crucial break at 4-4 in the third set before serving out to seal his passage into the last eight. The world No 134 lost 12-10 in a fifth set to Daniel Brands in the final round of qualifying but the Russian-born Kazakh was unable to cope with the variety and confidence shown by the top seed.

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