Murray recovers to get the better of Paire

World No 1 Andy Murray fought back from an early deficit against Benoit Paire to defeat the Frenchman in straight sets on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

The defending champion found the going tough early on but ultimately recovered to secure a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4 fourth-round victory.

Murray's reward is a quarter-final meeting with Sam Querrey, after the 24th-seeded American triumphed in a five-set encounter against South African Kevin Anderson.

Paire was very competitive against Murray in the first set, breaking the Scot after a marathon third game and then again in the fifth after Murray had hit back with a break of his own.

Unfortunately for the Frenchman, he couldn't consistently sustain his level of play. Inbetween several moments of brilliance there were also a number of unforced errors – and way too many double faults.

Paire's erratic nature allowed Murray to get back on level terms, while another double fault early in the tie-break set Murray on his way to winning the first set.

In the second set, Murray took control after an early break. A poor service game did allow Paire to break back and level at 3-3, but Murray again had the better of the exchanges at the business end of the set, clinching a decisive second break after a wild and wide volley from his opponent.

By the third set, Murray had mostly managed to neutralise the unpredictable Paire. The Frenchman was nearly broken in the fifth game, though he was able to save four break points to keep his head above water.

Another chance arrived in game nine, however, and this time Murray made no mistake, taking a 5-4 lead as Paire fired into the net.

All that remained was for Murray to hold serve, which he did comfortably as Paire's challenge ended with a shot fired wide.

"I thought I played well today apart from a couple of sloppy service games in the first set. That's by far the best I have hit it this week. He's not an easy guy to play, tactics aren't easy against him.

"Two weeks ago I was resting and a bit concerned, it was frustrating. But I have managed it well and have played some good stuff. I'm doing well and hopefully will keep it up."

Earlier, seventh seed Marin Cilic became the first man to book his place in the quarter-finals after easing past Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

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