London - Defending champion Andy Murray reached a 10th successive Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire of France.
The world number one will face Sam Querrey, who he leads 7-1 in career meetings, for a place in the semi-finals.
"I thought I played well. Maybe a couple of sloppy service games in the first set but that was by far the best I'd hit the ball so far in the tournament. So I'm really pleased with that," said Murray.
"He's not an easy guy to play. He's got one of the best backhands."
Only Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors (11 each) have reached more consecutive Wimbledon quarter-finals than Murray.
The 30-year-old's progress is particularly noteworthy as he came into the tournament nursing a hip injury.
"Two weeks ago I was resting, I was also a little bit concerned when you're having issues a few days before a big event, it's frustrating," said Murray.
"But I've managed it well and I think I've played some good stuff.
"That was the best I've played so far in the tournament. I'm doing well so hopefully I keep it up."
Wimbledon results on Monday, the seventh day of the 2017 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeding):
Andy Murray (GBR x1) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-4
Sam Querrey (USA x24) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (11/13), 6-3
Marin Cilic (CRO x7) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x18) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Milos Raonic (CAN x6) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x10) 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x13) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE x11) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT x8) 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Garbie Muguruza (ESP x14) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x1) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x7) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x9) 6-2, 6-4
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Coco Vandeweghe (USA x24) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x5) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4
Venus Williams (USA x10) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO x27) 6-3, 6-2
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x13) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)
Johanna Konta (GBR x6) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA x21) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4
Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2