The pair have faced off four times in their careers, with honours now even in the head to head record - and Konta was reluctant to play up her chances of reaching a first Wimbledon quarter-final, despite her apparent good form.
Yet the fans at the All England Club's Aorangi Terrace, which was etched into the British public's consciousness as "Henman Hill" in the late 1990s in honor of four-time semifinalist Tim Henman, didn't get to see the end of Konta's match.
When I went to speak to the press I just said whatever I was thinking, whatever was on my mind. "It wasn't as easy maybe as it looks like".
I can vividly remember specific moments of my second-round match against Radek Stepanek, and the third-round match against David Nalbandian on Centre Court.
Murray, two-time Wimbledon champion, saw his serve broken twice in the first set, but he managed to win the first set through a tiebreak, to sail easily through the match to the next round. "I'm not suggesting that it is", defending champion Murray said. Today was the best I have played in the tournament so far. "I was happy about that". The first man to reach the quarterfinals was Marin Cilic. Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, is in the quarter-finals for a fourth successive year.
Federer first reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2001 and then won the first of five straight titles in 2003.
Querrey made the quarter-finals in 2016 where he lost in four sets to eventual runner-up Milos Raonic.
Asked if play should start earlier than 1pm to accommodate more women's matches inside the largest arenas, Williams added: "It would be something worth considering".
Five-time Wimbledon victor Williams was handed a Centre Court slot for her tussle with Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh and British home favourite Johanna Konta played France's Caroline Garcia on Court One. Her Wimbledon debut came a few months before Konjuh was born.
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"This day is always a tough day", said 37-year-old American Williams.
Wimbledon began last week with talk that this might be one of the most open tournaments for years, but as the last 16 players prepare to do battle here in the fourth round of the men's singles on Monday it is clear that the cream has risen to the top. Halep also advanced Monday, while Pliskova lost in the second round.
This is the tournament, and Centre Court is the place, where I've played my best tennis, and I guess that consistency proves it. "I have to see what the nuances are once the game starts, because you can't necessarily plan for those".
Meanwhile the new French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was on the 1,000-seater Court 12 show court.
At Wimbledon, Ostapenko is into the quarterfinals for the first time. "Granted, Murray's a good player and he's No. 1, but they should have given her the benefit of the doubt and let her finish her match".
Despite her injury woe, Rybarikova said she never lost confidence that she could make a deep run at Wimbledon.
In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova will face Muguruza. Lewis also recalled that Wimbledon - again, uniquely among the majors - had stand-alone ladies' quarter-final and semi-final days on Tuesday and Thursday.
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