"And after Monte Carlo I just felt way, way better and obviously ended up having a great season after that". It features no less than a dozen who are 28 or over, including seven 30-somethings, which makes the presence of 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, a second week debutant up against last year's finalist Milos Raonic on No.2 Court, stand out so strikingly.
The omens are good that Murray can shave off the bearded Paire from his list of rivals.
The world number one did not have it all his own way against the Frenchman, but he did enough to come through by a 7-6 6-4 6-4 scoreline.
Federer and his copycat challenger were junior champions a decade apart at the All England Club, but the Swiss master was light years ahead of Dimitrov in class - if not style - in his 6-4 6-2 6-4 triumph.
That, of course, was a different Murray, a veteran of two Grand Slam finals where today there have been 11, of zero Grand Slam titles where today there have been three, of zero Wimbledon titles where today there have been two, including past year. Of course they can, but in the end most of the time the top guys do win because they are a little better than the others. And: "He'll be confident going in". Against him, you can't really afford that.
"But today I could see there is a difference in the grass, in the turf itself". Mike Querrey had previously spurned the chance to play baseball for the Detroit Tigers and went to college instead.
A primary problem for Paire is he plays far too many loose points and gives away too many forehand errors on rally balls.
And, yes, I was enjoying pizza for dinner before facing some of the best players in the world. They used to attend his matches shirtless and wearing Samurai headbands with the letters "S-A-M-M-Y" or "S-A-M-U-R-A-I" on their chests. So it's never easy to know if he's injured, if not.
Murray's former coach Mark Petchey believes Querrey can offer a threat and is wary of Cilic as the big looming danger to the title favourites.
Sam Querrey withstood another five-set match, this time defeating Kevin Anderson on his sixth match point, to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the second year in a row. "It's going to be a tough battle for me". It's true, you know.
Gulbis, son of a Latvian billionaire, broke Djokovic's serve early but went on to produce an erratic display, losing the first set in a run of nine straight games against him.
When I first played at Wimbledon I ate pizza before my matches and was staying in someone's basement, so I've come a pretty long way.
He said: "He again has a different game to a lot of the guys now". In fact, to see him in between shots, crossing the baseline with the rolling limp of a vehicle park attendant in a Billy Connolly gag, you'd think he'd smashed through it at 100 miles an hour. On Friday, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered an horrific knee injury.Reigning champion Andy Murray has complained about the condition of the courts at Wimbledon, adding his name to a growing list of players who have voiced concerns. He lost five games on the bounce as Murray showed his champion's quality and resilience.
Martic is the last qualifier but the 135-ranked player has already made the fourth round at the French Open this year after also coming through the qualifying event.