Simon battles for victory
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.
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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."