The first set started with a brutal service game from Murray that lasted an unbelievable 16 minutes. The Brit faced three break points but managed to hold in the end. It was Murray who got the only break of the set to take a 3-1 lead. Both players held their serves throughout the rest of the set and the world no.4 went one set up.
Murray was the more dominant and agressive player in the second set as well, and even though he couldn’t convert any of the break points when 3-2 and 40-0 up on Simon’s serve, he broke the Frenchman in the 7th game. That proved to be enough for victory.
Murray’s next opponent will be the Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Kei Nishikori of Japan in 7-6 (3) 6-2.
Also through to the quarterfinals is the defending champion Djokovic after defeating Richard Gasquet of France 7-5 6-3.