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Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils reach the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France.


Five French players were in quarter-final action in Montpellier on Friday and while three fell by the wayside, both Simon and Monfils reached the last four. Second seed Simon beat compatriot Guillaume Rufin in what was a hard-fought contest which lasted almost three hours. Simon eventually prevailed 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 with his opponent’s game undermined by 11 double faults. Monfils, seeded three, has things easier, defeating veteran Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-3 6-3. Monfils lost just six points on his own serve and did not face a break point in the 54-minute match. The French pair will now face off on Saturday.

Top seed Tomas Berdych also eased through, seeing off another of the home hopes, Nicolas Mahut, 6-3 6-4. Richard Gasquet had hoped to complete a semi-final line-up featuring the top four seeds but he fell to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last match of the day. Gasquet went down 6-2 3-6 6-3 as his German opponent blasted down 18 aces.


At the end of week #1 Simon and Djokovic emerge as the two most impressive Players.









Gilles Simon’s counterpunching wore down former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro Sunday at Flushing Meadows, as the No. 12 seed outplayed the 2009 titlist 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3) in a grueling third-round match on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 26-year-old whacked 11 more winners than del Potro, while hitting 29 fewer unforced errors to prevail in three hours and 57 minutes, reaching the round of 16 in New York for the first time in his sixth appearance.


“I was break up, 3-2 [in the fourth set], and then I started to play a little bit shaky. Was hitting harder and harder every time,” said Simon. “Finally I started to be tired and it was really hard to play at the end of the match. It was very good to finish in four sets.”



Gilles Simon clinched the German Open title with a three-set win over Nicolas Almagro in Hamburg.


Fifth seed Gilles Simon clinched the German Open title with a three-set win over Nicolas Almagro in Hamburg. Simon, who became the first Frenchman in 25 years to claim the trophy, survived a second-set fightback to win 6-4 4-6 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes. Almagro squandered eight break points in the opening set and Simon pounced with a solitary break to move ahead. The third-seeded Spaniard established a 3-0 lead in the second and despite a wobble took it to level the encounter on the clay at the Rothenbaum Club. Simon hit back with an early break in the decider and held on to become the first Frenchman to win the German Open since Henri Leconte in 1986.


Gilles Simon beat Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-finals of the German Open in Hamburg and will face Spain’s Nicolas Almagro in the final.


Simon came into the match off the back of an impressive quarter-final performance against fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils and again had to show his class to come from behind and see off Youzhny 3-6 6-3 6-1. Almagro will meet Simon in the final after the third seed was victorious in the all-Spanish semi-final against Fernando Verdasco, beating his compatriot 6-4 6-1. The two met in the final of the Open de Tenis Comunidad in Valencia back in 2006, with Almagro winning 6-2 6-3 on that occasion.

Simon has yet to win an ATP World Tour 500 tournament whereas his opponent has two 500 series titles to his name, both coming in Mexico in 2008 and 2009.


Verdasco and Simon oust the two top seeds in Hamburg.


Second seed Jurgen Melzer was surprised 6-3 2-6 6-4 by eighth seed Fernando Verdasco, who will next take on fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro after the third seed beat Germany’s Florian Mayer 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3).

Top seed Gael Monfils suffered a final-set collapse as he was knocked out of the German Open at the semi-final stage by fellow Frenchman and fifth seed Gilles Simon. World number seven Monfils started the match in Hamburg as the clear favourite but was broken twice in the first set and despite levelling matters he suffered a calamitous decider, winning just four points as Simon ran out a 6-4 3-6 6-0 winner. The result earned Simon a semi-final meeting with fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny after the Russian was forced to work hard before squeezing through against Croatia’s Marin Cilic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (8/6).




Monfils will face an all-French clash with Gilles Simon in the last eight in Hamburg.


Gael Monfils reached the quarter-finals of the German Open in Hamburg after taking one hour and 22 minutes to dispatch Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4. Monfils will face an all-French clash with Gilles Simon in the last eight after the fifth seed battled to a tough 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-4 win over Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in two hours and 19 minutes.

Second seed Jurgen Melzer enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 6-3 win over 15th seed Fabio Fognini of Italy, and third seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5. There was disappointment for the local wild cards with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe falling 7-5 6-2 to eighth seed Fernando Verdasco and Tobias Kamke beaten 3-6 6-3 6-2 by 12th seed Marin Cilic.

Julian Reister lost 6-3 6-3 to fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny, but the home fans were given something to cheer when sixth seed Florian Mayer beat Argentina’s Juan Monaco 7-5 7-5 to advance.


Andy Roddick continued his poor start to the clay-court season, beaten 6-3 6-3 by Gilles Simon in the opening round of the Rome Masters.


The 28-year-old former number one also lost to qualifier Flavio Cipolla in the first round of last week’s Madrid Open. Seeded 12 Roddick hit only nine winners compared to the 23 from unseeded Simon on a windy centre court in Rome. Thre American plays in next week’s Nice Open before the year’s first Grand Slam, the French Open, from 22 May. “Nobody likes losing. I’m trying at the moment but the last couple of weeks I haven’t felt comfortable,” said Roddick. “Playing some different surfaces is like chalk and cheese. An indoor fast court in Memphis is very different to here but I feel great physically. I feel fine, there’s no excuses.”

Simon broke Roddick’s serve in the first game of the match and quickly recovered a break in the opening game of the second set. “He moves really well, which you don’t want to see when you’re short of matches, and on a day like today, where you’re not getting clean hits much at all,” said Roddick, who committed 27 unforced errors to his opponent’s 18. The American’s serve also failed to dominate, with Simon winning the ace count 4-1. “As soon as we got into rallies it became a battle of not really ball striking but movement. I was coming in second most times,” Roddick lamented.



“I’m feeling a lot better about tennis,” declared Murray

Andy Murray returned to the winners’ circle on Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters as he defeated Czech wild card Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-4 in his opening second-round match on Court Central. The 23-year-old Scot had not won a match since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in his third Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January, suffering opening-round losses in Rotterdam (l. to Baghdatis), Indian Wells (l. to Young) and Miami (l. to Bogomolov Jr.) Murray returned to form with an impressive performance against the 32-year-old Stepanek, only faltering once as he surrendered a break advantage at 4-2 in the second set. He had been near flawless in the first set with three breaks of serve and only two points dropped on serve, and recovered well from his blip in the second set, breaking Stepanek again in the 10th game to claim victory in one hour and 32 minutes.

The Scot will next face one of three remaining Frenchmen, Gilles Simon, after the World No. 24 defeated Spain’s Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes.

Seventh seed Jurgen Melzer and ninth seed Nicolas Almagro both came through testing encounters to set up a third-round meeting. Austria’s Melzer finished strongly to defeat Dutchman Robin Haase 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes. Meanwhile, Almagro saved four match points to overcome Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez 6-7(6), 7-5, 7-6(10). The Spaniard trailed 4-5, 0/40 in the third set before reeling off five straight points, and later saved another match point at 7-8 in the tie-break before triumphing in three hours.




France & Spain take 2-0 leads into tommorow.

Rafael Nadal marked his return to the tennis court with victory over Ruben Bemelmans to help Spain take a healthy 2-0 lead over Belgium in the opening round of the Davis Cup World Group. The world number one has not played since his quarter-final defeat to compatriot David Ferrer in the Australian Open in January, but made light work of Bemelmans today in a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win. That earned 2009 champions Spain a 2-0 advantage after Fernando Verdasco had brushed aside Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-3 6-1 in the opening rubber. Verdasco will team up with Feliciano Lopez in Saturday’s doubles match, where victory over Malisse and Olivier Rochus would seal the tie.

Last year’s beaten finalists France also hold a 2-0 lead in their first round match against Austria after the opening day. Jeremy Chardy set the visitors on their way in Vienna with a 7-5 6-4 7-5 win over Jurgen Melzer before Gilles Simon saw off the challenge of Stefan Koubek, 6-0 6-2 6-3. France lost out to Serbia in last year’s final in Belgrade.


Will Simon climb back into the top 10!

Gilles Simon has become the fourth Frenchman in the Open era to win the men’s singles event at the Medibank International Sydney following a 7-5 7-6(4) win over No.4 seed Viktor Troicki at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Former world No.6 Simon, currently ranked No.41 and on the comeback trail after a debilitating knee injury last year, didn’t drop a set all week as he joined compatriots Henri Leconte (1985), Yannick Noah (1990) and Guy Forget (1991) as Sydney champions. In front of an enthusiastic crowd on Ken Rosewall Arena, the men traded breaks early in the first set but each held serve through to 6-5 for Simon, though Troicki had to save set point in the 10th game. The Frenchman managed to break through on Troicki’s next service game, breaking to win the opener 7-5 after 57 minutes, leading the Serbian to smash his racquet to the ground twice as he headed to his chair. The outburst may have helped Troicki as he broke Simon’s serve twice to lead 3-0, hitting some blazing forehand winners in the process. However Simon recovered both breaks as Troicki’s frustration began to surface, so when he broke for 6-5 it was somewhat of a surprise. Simon got himself to 0-40 on Troicki’s next service game but the No.4-seeded Serbian got back to deuce, firing a second-serve ace at 30-40. Nonetheless Simon broke back and sent the set to a tie-break. Simon rode the momentum through the breaker and despite a spirited challenge from Troicki, 26-year-old Simon held on to improve to 5-0 against his Serbian opponent, triumphing after one hour, 58 minutes.

The victory was Simon’s eighth ATP singles title and means he has now won at least one title in each of the past five seasons.

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