Andy Murray booked his place in the Wimbledon Quarter Finals on Monday by beating Frenchman Benoit Paire. He won in straight sets, taking them 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court.
The Frenchman made Murray work a lot harder than the score would suggest, but that is not necessarily a bad thing for those who have backed the British start to win the tournament.
After arriving here with injury problems hanging over him, it was good to see Murray tested as much as he was, although still managing to win in three sets. This was the best Murray has played since the tournament began, and after a quiet opening week, he could be coming hot at just the right time.
Murray will continue his march to the Wimbledon title on Wednesday when he faces American 24th seed Sam Querrey. The 29-year-old has been taken to five sets in each of his last two games, firstly by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday and by Kevin Anderson on Monday. That is something that could really play into Murray’s hands in this one as we head into the crunch part of the tournament.
Querrey will be a dangerous opponent for Murray though, and he has the game to compete at Wimbledon. He dumped Novak Djokovic out of the tournament last year, before losing to Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.
For those who may have had concerns about Andy Murray going into the tournament, he is quickly showing his form at just the right time. He has grown into this tournament, and on Monday he started off the second week with his best tennis so far.
If he continues to improve and he can handle the fitness side of things, then he has a great chance of winning Wimbledon again, much to the delight of the home crowd.