Simon battles for victory

  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 13:58 GMT

Andy Murray will face Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the Australian Open after the Frenchman came through a remarkable clash with compatriot Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 4-6 1-6 8-6.

Gilles Simon: Now faces Andy Murray
Gilles Simon: Now faces Andy Murray

The four hour 43 minute contest saw both players struggle physically with Simon first receiving treatment in the third set for a quadriceps problem.

Later he also required a massage on his right forearm while Monfils needed medical assistance to deal with blisters on his racket hand.

Having overcome the setback of relinquishing a two-set advantage, Simon had the chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fifth only to be broken.

He hit back and did not miss the chance when it came again at 7-6.

"I was almost dying at the end of the second set, it was already two hours long and I thought it would be difficult," Simon said.

"Gael started to play better and I could not do anything for an hour.

"I just tried to do my maximum and I think I did it."

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