Murray ‘can’t really afford’ lapses against Querrey in Wimbledon quarter-final

 

By Ros Satar, ar Wimbledon

  • Andy Murray [1] def. Benoit Paire 7-6(1) 6-4 6-4
  • Faces Sam Querrey – H2H: Murray leads 7-1
LONDON, UK – Andy Murray progressed to his 10th straight quarter-final at Wimbledon where he will face Sam Querrey.

 

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Andy Murray [1] def. Benoit Paire 7-6(1) 6-4 6-4

From the start of the match against another unpredictable opponent, Benoit Paire tried out his tactic of throwing drop-shots to test out Andy Murray’s hip injury, but given the pace and clean pair of heels Murray displayed in charging the net, it looked as though Paire would need a Plan B.

There was a lot of muttering from Murray as Paire did his best to bring some flair and to keep Murray guessing, and he has had some measure of Murray in the past, with a set and a break advantage over the Brit last year in Monte Carlo before Murray hit back.

This time the closest the Frenchman got was to push Murray to a tie-break before the World No. 1 put the hammer down and pushed through, but there was a lot of visible frustration.

His verdict on the match was positive though, saying: “Today was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball. I was happy about that. Last couple of days, practice has been really good, as well. I didn’t feel great during my last match. I didn’t feel like I played so well, not loads of rhythm in the first two matches.

“I definitely felt better today. You know, that’s positive moving into the last few days of the tournament.”

 

Murray v Sam Querrey [24] | H2H: Murray leads 7-1

While Murray wants to convince people that he is moving better than ever, in training it looks a remarkably different matter. Sam Querrey is a dangerous prospect on grass that has gotten a bad rap over the last few days.

Querrey plays a powerful offensive baseline game and of course backs that up with a solid serve and forehand combo to dominate his games. We can expect a lot of aces to whizz by and perhaps Murray’s hip won’t be tested too much with a drop-shot here and a drop-shot there.

Instead we can expect Murray to use his arsenal of variety to make Querrey move off the baseline and for him to drop-shot, lob and send running passing shots past the big-serving American.

He said: “Sam obviously likes the conditions here. He played really well last year. He’s had some good wins here, some tight matches as well. He’ll be confident going in. Obviously a big serve. Goes for his shots. Very aggressive player.

“I maybe played one or two service games in the first set that weren’t the best. Against him, you can’t really afford that. He’s not an easy guy to break. When he’s ahead, he can serve well. He’s a good frontrunner. I’ll need to make sure I’m serving well and, you know, not letting him dictate too much. When he’s standing up on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he’s a very dangerous player.”

They met in Wimbledon in 2010, and Querrey was conquered in straight sets, but he has only ever taken two sets off Murray, and only one in a best-of-five match in the indoor hard court environment of the Davis Cup tie in 2014.

Prediction: Murray in four sets.

Murray and Querrey are scheduled on Centre Court on Wednesday, at 1pm BST.

 

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