Murray cruises past fatigued Simon

Blue Court




By Ros Satar

Murray def Simon 6-3 6-1 6-3

Another day, another straight sets victory for Andy Murray, sealing a place in the Australian Open quarter-final.

Gilles Simon had somehow managed to overcome niggling knees and cramp in an epic R4 match against compatriot Gael Monfils.

At one stage Simon could hardly move, Monfils could hardly hit, so the match started promisingly with Murray breaking in the first game.

But he handed the break right back to Simon, only to break again in the third.

Things settled down after that, as Simon was obviously feeling the effects of his previous match.

Although that caused a few problems for Murray, who found himself struggling to judge his performance when Simon was quite obviously under par.

Murray faces another Frenchman in the quarter-final – Jeremy Chardy, who put out the sixth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round, before toppling another seed, Andreas Seppi in R4.

Chardy has had the measure of Murray, beating him last year in the ATP 1000 Masters event in Cincinnati.

Chardy had come into the draw as a lucky loser, despatching two-time champion Andy Roddick and Murray as the defending champion, eventually being defeated by Del Potro in the quarter-finals.