Murray ousted by Verdasco, Simon, Nadal, Blake into Quarterfinals

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Men’s world No.8 Gilles Simon has advanced to the quarterfinals of Australian Open 2009, but not in the way he would have wanted. The Frenchman will make his first final-eight appearance in a Grand Slam after his opponent and close friend Gael Monfils was forced to retire with an injured wrist, with Simon leading 6-4 1-6 6-1 at the time.

Simon is scheduled to play world No.1 Rafael Nadal

Quick facts
Simon hit 29 winners to the 21 recorded by Monfils
Simon had 36 unforced errors; Monfils had 31
Monfils was 10-for-17 (59 per cent) on points where he approached the net, while Simon won the point on 25 of his 38 forays to the net (66 per cent)
Monfils had the fastest serve of the match at 212km/h


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Top seed Rafael Nadal has eased into the quarterfinals of Australian Open 2009, brushing aside a flat Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 6-2 6-4 late on Monday afternoon.

Quick facts
Nadal had just 11 unforced errors in three sets; Gonzalez had 35
Nadal won 10 of 14 points at the net (71 per cent) compared to Gonzalez’s eight of 18 (44 per cent)
Gonzalez converted on two of seven break point opportunities (29 per cent), while Nadal was 6-for-13 (46 per cent)
Gonzalez served six aces and two double faults, while Nadal had four aces and no double faults


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Fancied by many to take out men’s singles title at Australian Open 2009, fourth seed Andy Murray has gone down to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in a gripping fourth round match at Hisense Arena, 2-6 6-1 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Verdasco will now play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fourth round match in the quarterfinals.

Quick facts
Murray had 52 winners, while Verdasco tallied 51
Verdasco had 50 unforced errors to Murray’s 40
The Spaniard served at 74 per cent, and won 69 per cent of points on his first serve
Verdasco converted five of his 17 break point opportunities, while Murray capitalised on five of his 13 break point chances


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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga displayed the va-va-voom that took him to the Australian Open final last year as he ousted American James Blake 6-4 6-4 7-6(3) in a magical encounter at Rod Laver Arena on Monday night.

Tsonga now faces Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals after the Spaniard shocked fourth seed Andy Murray in five sets.

Quick facts
Tsonga served 12 aces, while Blake had four
Tsonga had 46 winners to Blake’s 32, while the Frenchman had 31 unforced errors to the American’s 27
Tsonga served at 64 per cent, and won 84 per cent of points when he landed his first serve
The first two sets lasted a combined 76 minutes; the final set lasted 68 minutes

012609 monday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images

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