Murray slams 'unfair' Wimbledon in sexism spat

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2017

There will be a love-hate thing going on when defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray faces Benoit Paire bidding for a quarter-final place in the second match on Centre Court on Monday.

Murray won the first and third sets on Centre Court, but Querrey won the other two to even the score at 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-6.

- World number one Andy Murray is up against American Sam Querrey in the men's quarter-final clash on Centre Court. Murray is the defending Wimbledon champion, but has had a rather inconsistent year as the No. 1 seed, as his reign came just as Federer and Nadal made a decision to breathe some fresh life back into their careers this year and have won all the hardware up until this point.

Ahead of the last eight encounter with Querrey, Murray added: "I'll need to make sure I'm serving well and not letting him dictate too much".

Roger Federer has also moved onto the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the 50th time, beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. "I'd love to see that final", Australia's Hewitt, who won the 2002 Wimbledon title, was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. All the men's and women's last 16-matches were played on the same day, and most women's matches were played on outside courts.

Murray looks to go one step closer to retaining his Wimbledon crown and becoming a three-time champion. "There will be people in this country who don't like watching me, who don't like my personality or who don't enjoy my style of play". Ivan Lendl and his team needed no reminding that the Scot had lost his last three five-set matches. But Raonic beat him on Centre Court 12 months ago in a five-set semi-final and his huge serve troubles everybody.

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.

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Wimbledon's second Monday traditionally features every fourth-round match in the men's and women's singles, setting it apart from the other grand slams. Something different to play Murray on Centre Court.

And it is Paire who helped him strengthen that attachment a year ago. "So I hope this match against him has the same impact, but I hope I play better than I did that day".

He looked laboured with ball in hand and his second serve often dipped below 90mph; Querrey, however, was so far off the pace he could not cash in, and Murray sealed the first set in 28 minutes.

The 29-year-old's big forehand was coming into play as he started to push Murray around behind the baseline and then charge the net.

The rematch! Raonic toppled Federer in five here past year in the semis.

"You've got four of the all-time great male players: Rafa, Roger, Novak and Andy".

Murray at least got on the board but he was in no state to launch one of his famous comebacks and Querrey clinched victory with his 27th ace. Querrey recovered from 0-40 but a beautifully feathered lob helped Murray create a fourth chance and this time he took it, drawing the error as he forced the tall American to volley off his toes.

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