To reach Vienna last-eight, Murray beats Simon for 16th time

VIENNA: Andy Murray crushed France’s Gilles Simon for the sixteenth time on Thursday to achieve the Vienna ATP quarter-finals and keep alive his offer to grab Novak Djokovic’s reality number one positioning.

The Olympic and Wimbledon champion in the long run triumphed 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 following two hours and 40 minutes in a match which saw Murray confer a unique 58 unforced mistakes.

Simon was practically as messy, hitting only three less.

“It was a long match, yet I anticipated that it would be hard in light of the fact that it’s simply that route against Gilles. You play a considerable measure of long focuses. You feel like the harder you hit the ball, the harder it returns,” said Murray.