11:31pm Thursday 14th April 2011
Andy Murray moved into the last eight of the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-3 6-3 victory over injury-stricken Gilles Simon.
He followed up yesterday's win over Radek Stepanek - his first since the Australian Open - with an equally convincing win.
Murray had taken control but an ankle injury sustained by Simon enabled the Scot to turn the screw and set up a quarter-final against world number 82 Frederico Gil.
Murray broke in the first game but Simon hit back immediately. The next four games went with serve, before Murray took control by breaking in the seventh game.
The Scot held serve comfortably and - after an impressive backhand down the line - he moved to within a point of the first set with a chip shot that Simon could only hit the net with.
On the next point Simon picked up the injury which was to prove his downfall. Racing to return at the baseline he turned his right ankle - although Murray hit long.
After six minutes of treatment Simon resumed and put a backhand into the net - then hit a forehand long to give Murray the first set.
Simon won the first game of the second set against the serve but was struggling with the injury, pulling up again in the next game, which Murray won.
The Scot ruthlessly employed several drop shots to turn the screw in the next few games, making his stricken opponent pound the court and bringing jeers from the fans as he cruised 4-1 ahead.
Simon had chances to hold serve but was broken again in the sixth game - although he gave his supporters something to cheer when he accepted a third opportunity to break and reduced the deficit to 5-2 with a forehand which was too hot for Murray, then held serve.
However, the three-time Grand Slam finalist rediscovered his touch in the 10th game, giving himself three match points.
Although battling Simon saved the first one with another powerful forehand return, he hit the second one long to bring a roar from Murray at wrapping up victory.
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