France’s Simon Wins First ATP Title Since 2015

France's Simon Wins First ATP Title Since 2015
Gilles Simon of France reacts after winning against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the men’s single final of the Tata Open Maharashtra ATP tennis tournament at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on January 6, 2018. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

 

French veteran Gilles Simon rolled back the years on Saturday, claiming the ATP Maharashtra Open title with a straight-sets victory over second seed Kevin Anderson.

The 33-year-old triumphed over the South African 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the Indian city of Pune to grab his first title since 2015.

Anderson, the losing finalist in the 2017 US Open, was the favourite going into the showdown but the day belonged to Simon, ranked 89th in the world.

“It’s the first time I have managed to beat him. I still don’t know how I did it,” said Simon in comments released by the organisers.

“I’m really, really happy I was able to make it.”

The Frenchman performed sensationally throughout the week, defeating the three top seeds at the $500,000 hard-court event.

Simon beat third seed and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round before overcoming top seed and world number six Marin Cilic in the semi-finals.

The right-handed Simon endured a torrid 2017, dropping out of the top 50 in the rankings for the first time since 2005.

But his 2018 season could not have got off to a better start as he collected the winner’s cheque of $89,435 and 250 ATP ranking points.

It was the Frenchman’s 13th ATP title and his first since the Open 13 in Marseille three years ago.

The Maharashtra Open is viewed as a key warm-up event for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on January 15.

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Djokovic Beats Simon In Monte Carlo

Djokovic, Kerber Top Seeds At Australian OpenWorld number two, Novak Djokovic, has survived a tough three-setter to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters after defeating Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

The deciding set saw swaying fortunes, with Djokovic losing his serve in the fifth game before breaking in the next, and then again in the ninth to trail 5-4 on Simon’s serve.

Djokovic then showed his nerve, breaking serve twice to take the next three games to win the match after two hours, 33 minutes of play.

Australian Open: Nadal, Raonic Qualify For Last 16

Milos Raonic , Rafael Nadal, Australian OpenFormer champion Rafael Nadal has beaten Alexander Zverev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old, who won the title in 2009, overcame his opponent in a gripping contest to qualify for the last 16 stage of the competition in Melbourne.

He came through 4-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-2 in four hours and six minutes on Saturday.

Nadal, will play France’s Gael Monfils, who also beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.

Canada’s Milos Raonic has also cruised to the next round with a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 win over France’s Gilles Simon.

Djokovic, Murray Through To Shangai Quarter Finals

DjokovicNovak Djokovic has continued his progression through the Shangai Rolex Masters with a third-round win over Feliciano Lopez.

Having won the top prize at the China Open in Beijing last week, the World No 1 is into the quarter-finals in Shanghai, as he aims for consecutive Chinese titles.

He swept aside Lopez 6-2 6-3 and will now play Bernard Tomic in the final eight.

Andy Murray was forced to work hard for a three-set win over John Isner.

The world no 2 dropped the opening set in a tie-break, but gradually mastered the American’s huge serve to close out a 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory in China.

Murray will face Tomas Berdych after the Czech defeated Gilles Simon 6-3 6-3.

Wimbledon: Federer Cruises To Semis, To Face Murray

federerSeven-time champion, Roger Federer edged out Gilles Simon 6-3 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

The Swiss second seed was broken for the first time in 68 service games this year near the end of the second set.

But that was virtually the only blip for the 33-year-old as he won in one hour and 34 minutes.

He will face Andy Murray who enjoyed a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win over Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the semis.

Federer leads their head-to-head with 12 wins to Murray’s 11, but Murray won the last of their duels on grass when the Scotsman picked up gold for Great Britain in straight sets at the 2012 London Olympics.