LONDON • Men's world No. 1 Andy Murray hobbled through to his 10th straight Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday (July 10) with a mixture of patience and guile to see off the stubborn challenge of Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4 in 2hr 21min.
The Scot's camp will surely be at least mildly concerned about his impaired movement - given his hip problem coming into the tournament - going into the next round on Wednesday.
He will face the American Sam Querrey, who wasted four match points in the fourth set before beating Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-7 (9-11), 6-3 in just over three hours on the fabled No. 18 Court.
"I thought I played well, maybe a couple of sloppy service games in the first set. But that was by far the best I've hit the ball in the tournament so far," said Murray. "I'm doing well and hope I can keep it up."
Earlier, Croat Marin Cilic demolished Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. He did the damage on the distant Court 12 with his pounding serve and thumping forehand.
The 28-year-old seventh seed has reached the quarter-finals this year almost under the radar with straight-set victories over solid opponents Philipp Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer and Steve Johnson, before downing Bautista Agut, who is ranked a healthy 19th in the world.
It is the fourth time in a row that Cilic has reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals and he has rarely looked more comfortable. He will meet Gilles Muller in the last eight on Wednesday.
THE GUARDIAN, REUTERS