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Published: Wed, July 12, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Murray and Konta targeting Wimbledon quarter-finals on Manic Monday

Murray and Konta targeting Wimbledon quarter-finals on Manic Monday

Andy Murray plays Paire for the second time, after winning a dramatic match in Monte Carlo a year ago that sparked a brilliant run of form which ultimately ended in the number one ranking.

Rafael Nadal became the latest player to comment on the scheduling of courts at Wimbledon as the Spaniard noted that "almost always the same players" are playing on Centre Court at the All England Club. She is playing at the grass-court major for the 20th time in her career. Of course I feel that I can beat Rafa.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both hit the deck during their respective straight sets win over Mischa Zverev and Ernests Gulbis on Saturday. "€" Bethanie Mattek-Sands, speaking from hospital, reveals she ruptured the patella in her right knee in Thursday's sickening accident.

"It's very special. I'm very happy", Federer said. "Maybe I will talk to them". It's been pretty hot, extreme conditions. In fact, Murray credited the victory over Paire for sowing the seeds for a memorable 2016, a few days before their match on Monday.

Paire, the world number 46, made him sweat, going up an early break and sending him scampering across the court with a flurry of deftly played drop shots and stinging backhands.

He said of Paire: "He again has a different game to a lot of the guys now".

"He's got that big serve and goes for his shots and is a very aggressive player".

In keeping with the unpredictable nature of the opening set, Murray had been broken in two of his first three service games despite missing only one of his first 16 first serves.

"Muguruza set the smoke alarms wailing for a good 20 minutes at her rented house after burning some steaks €" and feared the fire brigade would turn up to tell her off.

Watching from Djokovic's sun-drenched box on centre court, the former champion was seen smearing white sunscreen all over his bald head, before later taking refuge under a towel.

"I'm sure a lot of Americans would love to see a Serena on the men's side, or another Agassi on the men's side in their lifetime". "I never even anxious about that".

Kerber, who had taken the top ranking from Serena in March, will be replaced at number one by either Karolina Pliskova or Simona Halep.

Konta's eminent sensibleness and unruffled attitude in the face of all this hoopla bodes well and on No.1 Court, she faces a French opponent, Caroline Garcia, who's known all about the difficulties of being saddled with great expectations in her homeland.

Murray described his first Wimbledon triumph in 2013 as a "relief", but that hasn't stopped news photographers from regularly following him, waiting to take a snap wherever they can. Women players, who were "demoted" to the lesser courts, were not pleased with the move and treatment by officials.

He said: It was a bit softer, especially around the baseline area.

"I haven't had that kind of experience before at Wimbledon".

Andy Murray also remarked on how the center-most court of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was getting unusually full of divots, chunks of grass, and earth that have been displaced by impacts of the tennis balls and players' feet while competing.

This isn't the first time the grass at Wimbledon has drawn the ire of competitors.

When I went to speak to the press I just said whatever I was thinking, whatever was on my mind.

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