Wimbledon 2017 Monday preview: Sir Andy Murray and Johanna Konta bid to give Britain dual quarter-finalists for the first time since 1973

 
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Murray resumes his title defence on Monday afternoon against Benoit Paire (Source: Getty)

British No1s Sir Andy Murray and Johanna Konta are bidding for a 44-year first when Wimbledon resumes on Monday.

Murray and Konta are in fourth-round action, aiming to ensure that there is a home player in both the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals for the first time since 1973.

Both face French opposition, with defending champion Murray, 30, continuing his bid for a third title against Benoit Paire, the world No46, in the second match on Centre Court.

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The 6ft 5ins Paire has already seen off 2013 semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz but has never been beyond the fourth round at a grand slam.

Konta, who is already enjoying her best run at the All England Club, meets 21st seed Caroline Garcia in the opening contest on Court One.

The Australia-born 26-year-old is yet to reach a grand slam final but is now the bookmakers’ favourite in a wide open women’s draw.

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Konta is now the bookmakers' favourite for the women's singles title (Source: Getty)

Garcia, 23, is yet to drop a set at this year’s championships and is enjoying a fine spell, having reached the last eight of the French Open last month.

Previous champions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams also play on Monday as Wimbledon rattles through all of its last-16 matches.

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