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Michael Taylor 12th Nov 2008 - 9:37

Murray knows Simon task is far from simple

Andy Murray can justify his favourite tag today if he beats Frenchman Gilles Simon in the ATP Shanghai Masters Cup, but it may be more difficult than could be expected.

After a solid three set win over Andy Roddick, Murray admitted that he is finding it tough adjusting to conditions in China and with Simon in top form an upset could be on the cards.

Simon, who qualified for the tournament following Rafael Nadal's withdrawal, produced some breathtaking tennis in the opening round of matches as he dismissed a below par Roger Federer challenge.

"To beat Federer twice in a year is something that not many have done." said Murray of Simon. "So he is going to be feeling confident and I'm sure it will be a great match."

The two players are in their maiden Tennis Masters Cup but they are no strangers to one another having met in the final of the Madrid Masters a few weeks ago, with Murray winning in straight sets.

"In Madrid he was pretty tired after playing some long, tough matches" Murray said "He's a very good player. If he plays well it's going to be a very tough match. If I play badly there's a chance i'll lose."

Despite Murray's warnings and Simon's recent form anything other than a Murray win would be a shock. He has looked supreme in recent weeks and, while it should be close, a repeat straight sets win, as he managed in Madrid, is probably most likely and is available at 4/5. 

 
 
 

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