Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Is Feeling Stretched as He Prepares to Take on Self-Confessed Hot-Head

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Is Feeling Stretched as He Prepares to Take on Self-Confessed Hot-Head

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Byline: Matt Majendie at Wimbledon

IVAN LENDL does not dish out praise unnecessarily, and his bluntness and dry wit complements the same traits in his charge.

Asked to assess Andy Murray's chances going into Manic Monday and the second week of Wimbledon, he said simply: "He's in the second week so he's in with a chance."

For Lendl, that was little short of a ringing endorsement but it also makes the point that Murray and an expectant British public are fortunate to still have him standing in week two.

That hip still clearly bugs Murray as now apparently does his knee during practice yesterday he turned to Lendl and fellow coach Jamie Delgado to bemoan his struggles to stand on one leg but how much remains to be seen.

Having had a full weekend off from competition, Murray has given his achy joint much-needed respite, but only time will tell what shape he's in.

Benoit Paire, who before this year had struggled on grass, should, in theory, not pose the biggest obstacle en route to a 10th consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final.

Paire, ejected from the Rio Olympics for breaching team rules and supposedly embracing Rio's carnival atmosphere a little too much, has made apparent his disdain for Wimbledon in the past.

He once said it "displeases me greatly", a sentiment that in all likelihood he could walk off Centre Court late this afternoon feeling.

But Paire (below) does still pose a threat, being an unorthodox player that appears to be the theme of the men on the other side of the net from Murray at this Wimbledon who pushed the Scot to three tight sets in Monaco last year.

Paire describes himself as "mad and destructive" but this year is embracing the grass and, even before Murray had taken to the court for his last match against Fabio Fognini, the Frenchman was dreaming of facing Murray on the biggest stage.

"To play Murray on Centre Court will be a good experience," he said. "I think I can do something good against him. I played against Murray in Monte Carlo, and it was one set and two breaks for me, and I lost the match in three sets. …

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