Gilles Simon: 'It felt like a dream'

France's Gilles Simon celebrates after winning his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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Gilles Simon says that he was "in bad shape" towards the end of his Australian Open third-round victory over Gael Monfils.

Gilles Simon has said that he felt as if he was "in a dream" during the final set of his epic 6-4 6-4 4-6 1-6 8-6 victory over Gael Monfils.

The French 14th seed prevailed after four hours and 43 minutes of energy-sapping tennis, which included an Australian Open record 71-shot rally.

Simon had to be taken to hospital following the match, and revealed that he was struggling to keep a grip on reality as the match entered the final stages.

"I was in bad shape," said Simon. "I felt I played the end of the match like in a dream, like I was not even on the court.

"I was just hitting the ball, trying to run, trying to catch it, and not thinking any more.

"I was too tired to be happy or upset or thinking or - I think at the end of the match I just completely lost control."

The 28-year-old will play Andy Murray in the last match on Hisense tomorrow.

France's Gilles Simon celebrates after winning his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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