Exhausted Gilles Simon might not go distance with Andy Murray

In a slugfest which featured a 71-shot rally, Simon started cramping towards the end of the second set and he admitted he threw away the third and fourth sets to conserve energy for the fifth.

updated: January 20, 2013 14:17 IST
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Melbourne: Gilles Simon on Sunday admitted that he may not go the distance against Andy Murray after his marathon Australian Open win over Gael Monfils left him struggling to walk and needing hours of treatment.

Simon overcame severe cramps to post a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 8-6 victory against his fellow Frenchman, finishing after midnight in 4hr 43min, to book a fourth-round berth against the US Open champion.

Afterwards, the world number 16 required nearly four hours of medical treatment and was in such bad shape that he was unable to attend the customary post-match media interviews.

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