By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 21, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Andy Murray cruised into his ninth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance after defeating a drained Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 on Monday at the Australian Open.
Simon played a marathon five set match against compatriot Gael Monfils in the third round and came to the court already vanquished physically. The third round battle lasted an epic four hours and 43 minutes on Saturday night, while Murray had spent just five hours and 30 minutes in total on court coming into the match. Murray played to the tired legs of Simon, pushing him from side to side and wearing him into defeat.
Murray won the first two sets 6-3, 6-1 and midway through the third set his opponent began to cramp and appeared to lose all interest in sticking the match out. Simon picked up his service however, holding easy to trail Murray 3-4. Murray put the foot down in the next game to hold to love and broke Simon for a second time in the set t...