• Australian Open, Day Seven

Simon won't pull out of Murray clash

ESPN staff
January 20, 2013
Gilles Simon was on the limit against Gael Monfils © Getty Images

Gilles Simon is confident of being fit to take on Andy Murray in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday.

The Frenchman emerged as a doubt after suffering injury during his epic win over Gael Monfils in the third round.

Simon was treated throughout the four-and-three-quarter-hour match for cramps in his legs and right forearm, leading to speculation he may have to pull out of the tournament.

Despite admitting to being in the dark as to what caused the problems, he will take on Murray for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I am just going to try to recover as well as possible for tomorrow," Simon said. "Work on this today.

"I never cramp on the court normally so it was a strange feeling for me. I felt at the end of the second set that it would be very hard to continue to play, I was just hoping I would feel a little better.

"So I decided to rest a little bit on the court, play different tennis for the third and fourth sets and try to give everything in the fifth. But I got lucky to win this one."

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