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Djokovic sees off spirited Simon to reach Australian Open quarters

World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia resturns to Andy Murray of Britain during their ATP Dubai Open semi-final tennis match in the Gulf emirate on March 2, 2012. Murray won the match 6-2, 7-5. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia resturns to Andy Murray of Britain during their ATP Dubai Open semi-final tennis match in the Gulf emirate on March 2, 2012. Murray won the match 6-2, 7-5. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Melbourne : World number one Novak Djokovic overcame a dogged challenge from Gilles Simon in a five-set thriller to progress through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Serbian defending champion produced an error-strewn performance as he made a remarkable 100 unforced errors during his 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Simon of France. The match lasted over four hours and a half hours at Rod Laver Arena.

With the win, Djokovic has now set up a quarterfinal clash with seventh-seed Kei Nishikori, who claimed 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, third-seed Roger Federer will also aim to seal his quarterfinal-berth when he will take on his Belgium opponent David Goffin. (ANI)

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