The defending champion , the 2nd racket of the world, 28-year-old Andy Murray cleared the barrier of the 3d tournament round with 3 breaks, 2 aces and 1 mistake while serving.
On Thursday, in Madrid, in attempt to retain his clay-court title he won in 2015, Andy Murray sent Gilles Simon packing with a straight-sets 6-4 6-2 comfortable victory.
It took Murray one hour and 39 minutes to see off the 31-year-old Frenchman Gilles Simon, ranked №18 in the world. Simon was already Murray’s beaten opponent in the 2008 final, when Murray registered his first Madrid title.
At the same time, Gilles Simon, №18 in the ATP rating, made 1 ace and 1 double mistake. The Brit edged a step closer to retaining his clay court title and reached last eight in Madrid. Also, Murray is still a lead performer in head-to-head meeting results, 14-2 against Simon.
The opening set went with serve until the 10th game, when Murray’s relentless pressure finally told. A stunning cross-court pass from the tightest of angles at 30-15 rattled the Frenchman and Murray duly broke to take the set. Murray then broke his frustrated opponent in the second game of the second set. He had won five games in a row before Simon stopped the rot by holding serve in the fourth, but that was merely putting off the inevitable. A lengthy delay in proceedings while a spectator received medical attention failed to knock Murray off his stride and another break sealed a routine victory.
Andy’s serve was never broken and the variety and power and of his ground strokes was too much for Gilles Simon.
“It was good,” the Scot told Sky Sports afterwards.
“At the beginning of the match I didn’t return that well, but after that I started to get some rhythm on my return and I was able to dictate a lot of points”.
“I served well and he wasn’t able to put pressure on my serve. He’s a tricky player, he lulls you into a false sense of security and dictating the points is not easy.”
Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open and there the British will play Czech Tomas Berdych, № 8 in the ATP rating.
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