With Andy Murray bidding to successfully defend his Wimbledon title over the coming seven days, the World number faces a fourth-round encounter with Frenchman Benoit Paire, having produced a sterling fourth set comeback to defeat Italian Fabio Fognini. However, with the Brit having once again displayed signs of injury on Centre Court on Friday, it could well be a close encounter on Monday afternoon. Let’s take a closer look at the two players, as well as our top betting tip for the encounter.
Andy Murray’s Form
Despite crashing out at the first hurdle at the Queens Club, Murray has shown his resolve since arriving at Wimbledon, seeing off the likes of Dustin Brown and Fognini in reaching the fourth-round. Having won the competition for a second time in 2016, Murray will be hoping to make it a great summer all round, with the Scot having announced that his wife is expecting another baby. Having lost just one set to date at SW19 this year, Murray will once again be able to call upon a raucous home support in order to aid his bid to reach the latter stages.
Benoit Paire’s Form
Paire has reached the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in his career, seeing off Rogerio Dutra Silva, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Jerzy Janowicz in the process. Despite still not appearing completely comfortable on the grass, the Frenchman has shown signs that he can trouble Murray on Monday, with his ability at both the back of the court and at the net making him a danger to anyone on the tour.
Top Betting Tip
Murray has been impressive so far during the championships, with the Brit having won his only ever encounter with Paire at the Monte Carlo Masters last year on clay.
With Murray even more difficult to beat on the grass courts of Wimbledon, it is difficult to see anything other than another win for the defending champion. However, our top betting tip is to bet on there being a tie break during the match, which has best odds of 8/11 from bookmakers Ladbrokes.