Andy powers past Paire
Murray reached a 10th consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final with a straight-set win, working out the unorthodox Paire game over the course of two hours and 21 minutes.
They had met just once before, a dramatic match of twists and turns in Monte Carlo last year that 30-year-old Murray eventually won, and their second meeting was another unpredictable affair.
Paire, ranked 46th, played his part in disrupting Murray’s search for rhythm, as he threw in bursts of drop shots and deft volleys amid plenty of errors.
Four breaks of serve were shared across the opening eight games before Murray stamped his authority on proceedings in the tie-break and went 2-0 up in the second set.
A fizzing forehand pass would bring 28-year-old Paire level at 3-3 but Murray reeled off eight straight points to lead 5-4, and then fended off four break points to clinch a two-set lead.
Murray repeatedly voiced his frustration in the direction of his player box, and at one stage towards umpire Mohamed Lahyani after the official missed the Scot challenging a call.
However, the three-time Grand Slam champion’s big-match experience saw him through with the decisive break at 4-4 in the third set.
“I thought I played well today, apart from a couple of sloppy service games in the first set,” said Murray.
“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.”