Andy Murray didn’t have to work very hard to make it through to his 9th consecutive grand slam quarter final as he cruised past a clearly tired Gilles Simon.
Murray beat the Frenchman 6-3 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 32 minutes on the Hisense Arena.
The Scot will play another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, on Wednesday and will be Murray’s 4th quarter-final in Melbourne in as many years.
The argument will now begin on whether or not Murray will be undercooked when the tougher matches come along. He has yet to drop a set in four matches and enters the final stages as fresh as he could possibly hope for.
After his win against Simon, who was clearly struggling after his 5 hour 5 set match on Saturday, Murray said,
It was a tough situation for both players – more obviously for him. After the first few games, it didn’t feel that competitive. At this stage of a Grand Slam, you’re sort of geed up and prepared for a tough battle. That’s why it becomes hard, because the emotions aren’t quite into it. You’re not quite necessarily feeling pressure, but you’re wanting to try to finish the match as quickly as possible. It was quite a tough situation for both of us.
Murray put Simon out of his misery on his second match point to and now looks to the challenge of Jeremy Chardy in the quarter finals. Murray currently holds the advantage in their head to heads, which currently stands at 4-1 to Murray.