"This was the best I've played, the cleanest I've hit the ball and the match I've been most happy about", said Murray.
Neither player's serve had a convincing groove to it, and nerves jangled - in the crowd too - as three breaks in a row left the Frenchman ahead after 20 minutes. In the end it's not about male/female, it's about which matches you think are the ones the public and the broadcasters would like to see. It will be nice to get a life, I guess, so...
Rafael Nadal became the latest player to comment on the scheduling of courts at Wimbledon as the Spaniard noted that "almost always the same players" are playing on Centre Court at the All England Club.
Paire, the current world No. 46 had a strong showing at Wimbledon 2017. But Murray is confident that today proves another good one against a player he described as "being quite up and down" but one "I expect to be tricky".
Querrey, who knocked out Novak Djokovic in the third round here a year ago, has lost seven of his previous eight meetings with Murray. But Dimitrov, 26, shocked Andy Murray en route to the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014 and Federer will take nothing for granted.
Following on from Alexander Bublik, Dustin Brown and Fabio Fognini, Paire is another of the tour's more quirky characters, and it was no surprise that Murray looked short of rhythm. There are matches on two and three today that would grace Centre Court on any other day. Azarenka, the Belarusian former world number one, is on the comeback trail after giving birth to her first child, Leo, in December. Murray twice surrendered serve to fall 4-2 behind in the opening set.
"There's a whole load of challenges that you face coming from South Africa: the biggest is the cost of travel and being so far from the tennis scene", he said.
Paire is a finesser of a tennis ball, a player straight outta the Seventies, and it is not just his full, military beard that conveys a sense of nostalgia. In total, Anderson won 96 percent of points in the first set. It was not an easy win in the second set with Paire but it gave Murray two sets up against the Frenchman.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both hit the deck during their respective straight sets win over Mischa Zverev and Ernests Gulbis on Saturday. In their second round match, Paire defeated Herbert 7-6 6-1 6-4 and in the third round, the Polish giant met his match: 6-2 7-6 6-3.
Paire finally spotted the fault line and continued to go for the corners, but cracked under quality pressure to allow Murray back to four-all. The Scot is definitely the better all-court game of the two and is far superior mobility and defensive skills. We need to find a way of allowing for an equal split of the men's and women's matches across the tournament rather than just looking at one day.
The best day of the calendar is upon us, so the tennis cognoscenti suggest, the day when Wimbledon resembles a type of candy store, dripping with rare treats all around its lawns.
No play on Sunday, as per tournament tradition, may have given the beleaguered grass a rest but that was tempered by a hectic Monday, which saw every player remaining in singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, on the schedule.