Andy Murray once again brushed aside an opponent at this years Wimbledon cruising past Gilles Simon in straight sets to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
The world number never once looked in trouble as he saw of the former top 10 player 6-1 6-4 6-4.
The Scot will now face big serving Sam Querrey on Monday and too many this will be Murray’s toughest match so far. Querrey is the Queen’s Club winner from two weeks ago, though he struggled past Xavier Malisse in the third round needing five sets to get past the Belgian who broke back in the last set with Querrey serving for the match and forced it to 9-7 in the final set.
After Murray’s win today he spoke to reporters,
In terms of the way this week has gone, it’s been great, and I’ll try and build on it next week, It was really good. I didn’t lose a set and didn’t lose my serve since my second service game of the first match. Tonight was tough because it was getting pretty dark towards the end and if I hadn’t closed it out in the third set I would have had to go off and wait for the roof to close, so I got a little bit tentative around 3-3, It makes you a little more nervous because you want to get it done.
Murray broke the Frenchman’s serve in his opening service game and from then on the result of the match looked in very little doubt largely down the Scot’s serve. He dropped just 15 points in his own 14 service games and didn’t face one break point for the whole of the match.
Meanwhile Simon’s serve looked under constant threat and actually did well to limit it to 4 breaks of serve in the match. Murray won 40 points on the Simon’s serve almost as many as won on his own serve.
|Ranking||Gilles Simon (FRA)||Andy Murray (GBR)|
|1st Serve %||49 of 91 = 54 %||47 of 72 = 65 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||32 of 49 = 65 %||39 of 47 = 83 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||19 of 42 = 45 %||18 of 25 = 72 %|
|Winners (Including Service)||25||36|
|Receiving Points Won||15 of 73 = 21 %||40 of 93 = 43 %|
|Break Point Conversions||0 of 0 = 0 %||4 of 9 = 44 %|
|Net Approaches||21 of 35 = 60 %||9 of 12 = 75 %|
|Total Points Won||66||97|
|Fastest Serve Speed||127 MPH||134 MPH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||115 MPH||120 MPH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||93 MPH||90 MPH|
Andy Murray will take Giles Simon on the third round of the 2010 Wimbledon championships. The match will be last on centre court after the women’s singles match between Serena Williams & Cibulkova and the men’s singles match between world number 1 Rafael Nadal and Germany’s Philip Petzschner.
Centre court play will start at 1pm, so barring no Marathons Murray should be starting his third round match around the 5-6pm mark, giving the BBC some prime time Saturday evening TV.
Murray’s opponent Giles Simon has not played since Tuesday after his second round opponent withdrew due to injury. Simon himself is on the injury comeback trail from a right knee injury that has been troubling the Frenchman since November 2009.
The former French Number 1 has slipped from a career high of 7 in the world down to his current 32, largely down the mentioned injury and has only managed to play in 6 events this year only getting by the first match in two of them.
During 2008 Simon met 3 times with Murray the victor in straight sets in all three matches, two on hard and one on clay. The pair did not play each other at any point in 2009 or 2010. Their only other meeting was their first match, this was on the clay courts in Rome back in 2007 and is the only match that Simon has posted a win over Murray.
|2008||Tennis Masters Cup, China||Hard||Murray||6-4, 6-2|
|2008||ATP Masters Series Madrid||Hard||Murray||6-4, 7-6(6)|
|2008||ATP Masters Series Hamburg||Clay||Murray||6-3, 6-3|
|2007||ATP Masters Series Rome||Clay||Simon||6-1, 1-6, 6-3|
Murray is aiming to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the fourth time, whilst it will be Simon’s second time in the 4th round should he win tomorrow after he reached that stage last year, but lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The bookmakers have Murray as odds on favorite to reach the second week, the best odds you’ll get is 1/10 and that’s available from many boomakers including Betfair. The best odds you’ll get on Simon win is 19/2 and that’s only available at Betfair, who are offering a free £25 to new customers.
|Player||Andy Murray||Gilles Simon|
|Traditional Odds||Decimal Odds||Traditional Odds||Decimal Odds|