'Don't blame Wimbledon courts for players' tumbles'

Murray reveals what he needs to improve on most from Fognini clash against Paire

Britain will have men's and women's quarter-finalists at Wimbledon for the first time since 1973 after wins for Andy Murray and Johanna Konta.

Sixth seed Konta won 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 on Court One to reach her third Grand Slam quarter-final.

Murray, who came through his seemingly mandatory annual Wimbledon scare at dusk against Fabio Fognini on Friday night, faces another unpredictable opponent in Benoit Paire second on Centre Court on Monday. Kerber said, "To be honest, I was really surprised that I was playing on Court No. 2".

Five-time champion Williams is 37; each of her past two opponents is 19.

The next two sets were hardly routine for Murray, but there was little doubt that he would prevail to set up a tie with 24th seed Sam Querrey, who beat Kevin Anderson. "He has very good hands, moves well, takes a lot of chances, goes for his shots", said the 30-year-old.

Murray was cheered on by a passionate Centre Court crowd with some of his pals from the sporting world including boxers David Haye, Carl Froch and golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick in the Royal Box.

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On the gentlemen's side, we have the "big four" - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - all back in harness at the start of The Championships' second week for only the second time in six years and all in such decent fettle that they've dropped just one set between them. But Murray is confident that today proves another good one against a player he described as "being quite up and down" but one "I expect to be tricky". "I think I only played him once before, and it was a really tight match".

The site of her 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over No. 4 Elina Svitolina has a seating capacity of 1,065, making it only the fifth largest for the event. "I'm doing well and hopefully will keep it up".

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. An efficient, straight-set win over Croatia's Ana Konjuh leaves her spry for her next step: a quarterfinal slugfest against 20-year-old French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko.

In the men's draw, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Murray have 14 Wimbledon titles between them, while five-time champion Venus Williams is the only former victor in a fascinating women's event. I mean, I finished very strong actually in the end. "There have been a lot of matches I've won against French players from losing positions as well, so it's not like I've killed them in the match that I've played". Three-time Wimbledon champion Chris Evert raised a pertinent question to BBC: "There needs to be a discussion because we have equal prize money, so why do we not have equal representation on Centre Court and Court One?" Just after the match that day, I said sorry if she felt bad, ' Halep said. The match ended with Murray victorious over the Frenchman with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 that took Murray two hours and 21 minutes to finish.

Kuznetsova was the first to finish her match on Monday, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.



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