Gilles Simon struggling ahead of Andy Murray encounter

France's Gilles Simon hits a shot during his match with Filippo Volandri during the first round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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Gilles Simon says that his five-set thriller with Gael Monfils has taken it out of him physically.

World number 16 Gilles Simon has revealed that he is struggling with his fitness ahead of his Australian Open fourth-round clash with Andy Murray.

The Frenchman needed assistance as he left Melbourne Park last night following his thrilling five-set victory over countryman Gael Monfils.

Simon, who has spent more than four hours more than Murray on court during the tournament, said that his elbow was a particular worry for him.

"I will need to recover from this one before I think about Andy," said Simon. "I was almost dying after the end of the second set."

Asked which part of his body was in most pain, he replied: "Everywhere, that was the problem.

"[My elbow] was cramping every time I was trying to play fast so I was just trying to find my rhythm and just trying to make him work."

Simon last beat Murray at the Rome Masters in 2007.

Gilles Simon hits a return to Gael Monfils during their third round match at the Australian Open on January 19, 2013
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