After a tight first set, Murray was moving well with his opponent describing him as being "like a rabbit".
The number 1 player in the world, who is also the number 1 seed, and home hope, Andy Murray, is facing one of the biggest enigmas the sport has seen in the past decade in the shape of the supremely talented Benoit Paire.
There was more for the local audience to cheer for as Britain's Andy Murray overcame a hiccup in the first set, when he found himself 2-4 down to an unpredictable Benoit Paire, whose erratic French flair, makes him a hard contender.
Murray is second on Centre Court today, following the ladies' match between Ama Konjuh and Venus Williams.
I'd suggested there would be no breaks early on but the Swiss star looked like he was going to steam through the first set as he went 4-1* up.
"He can be quite up and down but he seems to have played pretty well at this event".
However, the Bulgarian has yet to win in five encounters against the game's most successful player. Practice has been good as well.
For the first time in the Open era, seven of the last 16 men are over 30 years old.
The Frenchman provided Murray with the latest test of his title credentials as well as of his injured hip, but the champion reached the last eight for the 10th straight year with some comfort.
Having won his third-round clash in a dramatic fourth set against Fabio Fognini, Murray could have done with getting off to a smooth start. "I was happy that I was able to get enough returns in that final game, I was trying to stay light on my feet and strong in my body". Murray has also lost in the quarterfinals of a grand slam once since 2015.
Murray added: "He has a very different game to a lot of the guys now".
With the rankings working on a 12-month rolling system, Murray's Wimbledon title a year ago means he is defending the maximum 2,000 points and must lift the trophy again simply to remain on his pre-tournament points total of 9,390.
He was twice a break down in the opening set but, after saving two set points, Paire played a terrible tie-break. They had come into this match with two wins apiece, but this was their first contest on grass.
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The last time Rafael Nadal stared across the Wimbledon net and was confronted by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, the Spaniard had just one Grand Slam title to his name and was yet to establish himself as one of the all-time greats. I think he has no problem. The grass once frustrated Paire so much that in 2014 he departed in a huff with the memorable line about how Wimbledon "displeases me greatly".
Garbine Muguruza beat Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at Court No. 2, with its 4,063 seats, in a matchup between the past two Wimbledon runners-up, a pair of players with a combined three major championships, and the woman atop the WTA rankings (well, until next week). "I would say it's taking the marquee matches", Lewis said. I just enjoy it more.
Today, every player, men and women, remaining in the tournament, takes to the court to fight for a place in the quarter-finals.