Murray defeats Simon to advance into Australian Open QFs

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Andy Murray outclasses Gilles Simon in straight sets to set up a QF clash against Jeremy Chardy at Australian Open 2013.

14th seed Frenchman Gilles Simon had to play an almost five-hour long tennis marathon against Monfils to meet British hero Murray in the fourth round, but this time he spent only one hour and thirty-six minutes on the Hiense Arena court. A bit confused start of the match – Simon opened the proceedings by dropping a serve, but replied with a break to love in the following game. Third seed Murray than restored his one break lead and ultimately closed out the set with yet another break.

The second set was sort of a déjà-vu – Murray could not consolidate his first break, but added a new pair of them to his tally later on. He served out the set comfortably with a hold to love. Simon, who had beaten his rival only once in their eleven previous encounters, was now with his back against the wall and was obviously unable to weather the “Murray storm”.

The Scotsman broke the deadlock first in the third set too and was not about to grant any re-break opportunities to the Frenchman this time. In the end, the first match ball arrived on Simon’s serve. It was defended with a touch of luck though as Murray’s strike bounced off the top of the net and landed wide of the court. The match ball number two followed right after: Simon now ventured a net attack, yet there was a lot of space for Murray to calmly squeeze his final forehand of the clash past the helpless Frenchman. A smooth 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory for the favorite who produced fifteen break balls and smashed twelve aces in three sets.

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