London: Defending champion Andy Murray eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 10th successive year with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Benoit Paire on Monday.
Murray was not at his best against Paire and his faltering serve was frequently exploited by the 46th-ranked Frenchman, who caused the Briton trouble without being able to inflict any lasting damage.
He broke Murray twice in a row in the first set, which ended up going to a tiebreak that the top seed won comfortably.
Murray, who came into the championships with a niggling hip injury, still seems occasionally uncomfortable and lacking his usual zip around court.
He had too much guile for Paire, however, and wrapped up his 26th successive win against French opposition in two hours and 21 minutes.
Sam Querrey withstood another five-set match, this time defeating Kevin Anderson on his sixth match point, to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.
The 24th-seeded American beat Anderson 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3.
In the previous round, Querrey beat 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets. That match was suspended because of darkness with Querrey leading 6-5 in the fifth set, and Querrey needed only four minutes to win when it resumed a day later.
Querrey has not been past the quarter-finals, which he reached only once, in his previous 41 appearances in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
Anderson, who tied Querrey with 31 aces, reached the fourth round at the French Open in June and had twice previously reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Tomas Berdych advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second year in a row.
The 2010 finalist at the All England Club beat eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on No. 3 Court.
Berdych will next face either three-time champion Novak Djokovic or Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals.
Published Date: Jul 10, 2017 11:08 pm | Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 11:08 pm