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Wimbledon 2010: Andy Murray through to fourth round

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Andy Murray

Highlights - Murray sees off Simon in straight sets

By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Andy Murray gave another impressive display as he saw off France's 26th seed Gilles Simon in straight sets to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The British number one broke serve to love in the opening game and played superbly in a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory.

Murray, seeded fourth, gave further evidence that his form is returning after a difficult few months and he will be optimistic going into week two.

He now faces Queen's winner Sam Querrey who beat Xavier Malisse in five sets.

"In terms of the way this week has gone, it's been great, and I'll try and build on it next week," said Murray.

"It was really good. I didn't lose a set and didn't lose my serve since my second service game of the first match."

Tonight was tough because it was getting pretty dark towards the end

Andy Murray

Murray and Simon began at 7.03pm after Rafael Nadal had unexpectedly been taken to five sets in the preceding match on Centre Court, but the Scot was in no mood to get involved in a similar battle.

Simon, 25, had reached a career-high ranking of six in the world last year before suffering a knee injury, but the Frenchman had lost his last three matches against Murray in straight sets and was not sharp enough to challenge him this time.

A loose opening service game from Simon handed Murray the perfect start and the 23-year-old Briton took full advantage.

While serving well enough to deny his opponent any hope of an early break back, he came up with the occasional flash of brilliance such as one unplayable lob and a running forehand winner.

The Murray return was also firing and another break followed in game six, allowing him to secure the set in just 23 minutes after Simon framed a smash when he finally had a half-chance at 15-30.

Things got worse for the man from Nice when he dropped serve at the start of the second, again to love, although a dead net cord from a Murray forehand at 0-30 was the last thing he needed.

Murray served out the set comfortably and went into the third having yet to face a break point.

Simon did edge the winner count in the second set, with 12 to Murray's nine, and an "Allez" after holding serve at the start of the third suggested he was still fully engaged in the match.

606: DEBATE

Murray needed to stay alert to a possible comeback and was annoyed to see a potentially decisive break slip past at 2-2 despite a superb lob, a forehand drop shot and a vicious backhand.

The magical shots were beginning to flow again, though, and when Murray chased down a Simon smash at 3-3 and returned a searing forehand, the Frenchman could only throw his racquet despairingly at the ball as it flew past him at the net.

Murray's frustration continued as a further two break points went begging in that game but he finally made the breakthrough in game nine when Simon put a forehand long, much to the relief of an increasingly edgy Centre Court crowd.

With the light fading and the prospect of the roof being brought into action, requiring a half-hour break in play, Murray took his chance by confidently serving out the match with an ace after one hour and 50 minutes.

"Tonight was tough because it was getting pretty dark towards the end and if I hadn't closed it out in the third set I would have had to go off and wait for the roof to close, so I got a little bit tentative around 3-3," Murray admitted.

Andy Murray

Murray miraculously returns smash

"It makes you a little more nervous because you want to get it done."

The statistics illustrated just how well Murray played as he hit 14 aces and won 83% of points on his first serve, 72% on his second serve, and did not face a single break point in the match.

There will be tougher tests to come with big-hitters like Querrey, Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nadal on his side of the draw, but the Briton can draw confidence from a faultless first week.



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