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Simon fears tiredness will cost him

January 20, 2013 17:53:33 UK
Gilles Simon was involved in a five-set five-hour thriller against Gael Monfils.

Gilles Simon is fearful that his mammoth third round game against Gael Monfils may hinder his chances against Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

The Frenchman required over three hours of treatment in the wake of his win, which saw him on court for nearly five hours against his compatriot.

Simon eventually prevailed 6-4 6-4 4-6 1-6 8-6 to set up the fourth round tie with the British number one, who has the upper hand in encounters between the two men. Since Simon beat the Scot in 2007, Murray has won all nine subsequent encounters, only dropping one set in the process.

In addition, Murray will be far fresher than Simon, having not dropped a single set during the Australian Open so far. His performance against Ricardas Berankis in the third round may have been patchy, but he still did enough to win comfortably by a scoreline of 6-3 6-4 7-5.

The world number 16 is under no illusion that facing Murray will be tough. When the Frenchman was asked about his record against the Scot, he said: "No, you're right. And I was in better shape when I was going on the court."

Simon fears that his tiredness will be a crucial factor, saying: "I will just try to go and take my chance, even if I don't have a lot of chance to win this one.

"But this is my job, to go on the court and to do the maximum to bother him and to give him a hard time."

Andy Murray is 1.02 to stretch his run against Simon to ten straight wins while the Frenchman is 19.00 to dispose of the world number three.

Murray is 2.37 to go one better than in 2010 and 2011 by winning the Australian Open.

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