Andy Murray has been outstanding so far at Wimbledon this year, beating all of his opponents with considerable ease. The world number two will face his stiffest test yet, when he comes up against the big-hitting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals at Centre Court on Wednesday.
Murray has made light work of all four of his opponents so far, barely putting a foot wrong in any of the matches so far. His most impressive win came in the fourth round, when Nick Kyrgios was put to the sword.
Expected to be his toughest match yet, Murray stepped up a gear after winning a tight first set to seal his place in this quarterfinal matchup against Tsonga.
"I thought I played well," Murray told reporters after his straight-set win on Monday. "The first set was obviously key. He served extremely well in the first set. He was up in the high 80s for first serve percentage, which to win a set against someone serving like that is big and totally changed the way the match went, I think.
"I don't think I gave up a breakpoint. I was solid on my serve. Then created a little chance end of the first set.
"After that, in the second set especially, I just tried to make as many balls as possible. That was it."
Murray will know Tsonga will not lose his way completely, like Kyrgios did, after losing a set. The Frenchman is an experienced campaigner and someone who loves to play on the grass courts.
"I know the next one is a very tough match against Tsonga," Murray said. "He's a really, really good grass court player, very, very dangerous. I played him here a couple of times before. Both matches were hard. They weren't easy. A few of the sets came down to just a couple of points. I'm aware I'll have to be playing at my highest level to win."
Tsonga was given some unexpected rest, rest that he dearly needed, after Richard Gasquet retired injured after just six games of their fourth round match. Tsonga went into the encounter against his compatriot after a four hour and 24 minute scorcher against John Isner, which he won 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 19-17.
So, to come away with a victory without even breaking a sweat would have been a welcome relief, and the Frenchman will, no doubt, be fresh and ready to go against Murray.
"Few days ago I was 5-all in the third set, 15-40 against me, two sets to love down, and I came back," Tsonga said on Monday. "I'm still alive in this tournament. So, everything can happen in tennis. I know that. I'm also very confident on my capacity to play great tennis and beat players like Andy."
Where to Watch Live
Andy Murray vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the second match on Centre Court on Wednesday. The first match -- Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic -- is set to begin at 1 p.m. local time (5.30 p.m. IST, 8 a.m. ET) start. Below is the TV and live streaming information.
UK: TV: BBC Two and BBC One. Live Streaming: BBC iPlayer.
France and Middle East: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
USA: TV: ESPN. Live streaming: Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV: CTV and TSN. Live Streaming: TSN TV.
Asia: TV: Fox Sports Asia. Live Streaming: Fox Sports Play Asia.
China: TV: Beijing TV, LeTV Sports, Jiangsu TV.
Europe: TV: EuroSport. Live Streaming: EuroSport Player.