1/21/13 4:25 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 3 Andy Murray is through to the final eight at the Australian Open after ousting 14th seed Gilles Simon in straight sets. The Scot moves on to face unseeded Jeremy Chardy, who took out 21st seed Andreas Seppi.
(3) Andy Murray def. (14) Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
Third seed Andy Murray made the last eight following his straight-sets dismissal of 14th seed Gilles Simon. The 25-year-old Scot collected 32 winners and 12 aces through to a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory in 95 minutes.
"I felt after the first few games, because he wasn't serving hard at all, his forehand side wasn't moving that well either. It was just about trying to finish the match as quickly as I could and then getting ready for the next one," Murray commented.
"It becomes hard because the emotions aren't quite into it. You're not quite necessarily feeling pressure, but you're wanting to try to finish the match as quickly as possible."
"It was a painful hour and a half on the court,” Simon explained. "But Andy is anyway a very good player so it's always very hard to beat him. Without being 100 percent you have almost no chance to do it. I just wanted to do my best at any moment. But it was getting worse and worse on the court. It was a really difficult day."
Jeremy Chardy def. (21) Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
France's Jeremy Chardy kept his bid alive with a four-sets ousting of 21st seed Andreas Seppi. The world No. 36 tallied 47 winners and six service breaks through two hours and 42 minutes. Chardy completed the round of 16 match with 77 percent of his first-serve points won.
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