Wimbledon - Clinical Murray charges into last 16

Sat, 26 Jun 21:39:00 2010

World number four Andy Murray produced his best performance for some time as he beat French 26th seed Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4 6-4 to book his place in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

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Murray is yet to drop a set at the All England Club this year and looked in control throughout, against an opponent who has only just returned from a serious knee injury.

The Scot did not get out on to Court until just before 7pm local time after Rafael Nadal's five set epic earlier in the day, but he needed just 94 minutes to dispatch Simon, sealing the win with an ace down the centre of the court on his second attempt.

Told before the match that they would not play beyond 10:30pm even if the roof was closed due to a lack of light, Murray was clearly in no mood to risk his match being suspended overnight.

The 23-year-old opened with a confident hold to 15 before breaking to love with a forehand winner.

From there the first set was one-way traffic with Murray breaking again in the sixth game, when Simon hit a forehand lob long, before serving to 15 with a huge first serve and forehand winner.

Murray also broke for the opening game of the second set, when Simon dumped a forehand into the net.

The Frenchman, who only played his first match of the season at Eastbourne last week, began to find his range after that pushing Murray around the baseline with more confidence.

But Murray was in no mood to take his foot off the gas and produced another impressive service hold to love to take a two sets to love lead in the 10th game.

The third set was by far the most evenly matched as Simon escaped a series of tough service games, despite Murray holding break points in the fifth and seventh games.

And eventually the Frenchman's lack of match practice, both mentally and physically, began to tell and Murray grabbed the decisive break in the ninth game when his opponent sent a forehand long.

Murray confidently served it out to reach the second week at Wimbledon for the fourth time in five attempts at the All England Club.

Next up for the fourth seed will be American 18th seed Sam Querrey, who was pushed to five sets before overcoming former semi-finalist Xavier Malisse 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 5-7 9-7.

Pippa Davis / Eurosport

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