Exhausted Simon no match for Murray
Andy Murray is looking forward to playing Jeremy Chardy in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after easing to victory against another Frenchman, Gilles Simon.
Simon had revealed before the encounter that he was concerned that he had not recovered from his epic fourth-round victory against Gael Monfils on Saturday, and so it proved.
Simon had required over three hours of treatment in the wake of his victory, which saw him on court for nearly five hours against his compatriot before eventually winning 6-4 6-4 4-6 1-6 8-6.
He's one of the best movers on the court but he obviously wasn't able to move very well today after playing such a long match on Saturday.Andy Murray
British number one Murray was in no mood to feel sorry for Simon as he powered to a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory in one hour and 32 minutes.
Murray has yet to drop a set in four matches in Melbourne, in sharp contrast to Novak Djokovic who survived a five-set marathon on Sunday as he edged past Stanislas Wawrinka.
Murray is 11/8 to win the Australian Open while Djokovic can be backed at 4/7 and Roger Federer at 5/1.
Simon appeared to be exhausted throughout the fourth-round clash and at one stage it looked as though he was going to be forced to retire. He was eventually being able to continue, but he had no answers to Murray's power.
Afterwards Murray said: "He's one of the best movers on the court but he obviously wasn't able to move very well today after playing such a long match on Saturday.
"Chardy has had two very good wins and beat Juan Martin del Potro a few days ago so it's going be another tough match."
Chardy beat the 21st seed Andreas Seppi of Italy, 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the last eight. After his victory, the Frenchman said: "Normally I always play bad in Australia. It's the first time I've played good in Melbourne, so I am happy."
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