Tennis - ATP - 'S-Hertogenbosch: Simon finally wins his first round and will challenge Medvedev - Sport 365

Published on June 9, 2022 at 12:29 p.m.

Aurélie SACHELLI

After several rain interruptions, Gilles Simon was finally able to complete his first round of the ‘S-Hertogenbosch tournament on Thursday, beating James Duckworth in straight sets, and he will now challenge Daniil Medvedev in the afternoon.

Finally ! We therefore had to wait until Thursday noon to see Gilles Simon finish his match in the first round of the ‘S-Hertogenbosch tournament! The future retiree, 134th in the world, had already had to wait until Tuesday to conclude his last qualifying match against the German Lenz, due to the rain which disrupted the program of the Dutch tournament. A few hours later, he started his first-round match against Australian James Duckworth (71st), but both men were interrupted as the Frenchman led 6-4, 3-1. While they should have resumed the meeting on Wednesday, it was postponed again because of the rain, without playing the slightest point, and the two men therefore returned to the court at the very start of the program this Thursday to conclude. And it was the Frenchman who won, with a score of 6-4, 7-6 in 2h08. Faced with this opponent he had not faced for more than seven years, Gilles Simon had the last word, even if the second set was more difficult than the first.

Simon saves two set points

He won the first set by breaking at 3-3, while he had to save five break points in the previous game. In the second, just before the interruption due to the rain on Tuesday, Simon had broken from the start to lead 3-1. On the restart, the two players held their serve perfectly, until 4-3 when Simon gave in on the first break point he had to defend in the set (4-4). It was therefore necessary to play a tie-break, where Duckworth probably thought he had done the hardest by leading 5-2, but it was without counting on the pugnacity of the Frenchman, who tore himself to come back to 5-5, and ended up winning 11-9 on his first match point, while having saved two set points at 7-6 and 9-8. But the hardest part begins for the 37-year-old player, who will now have to face the one who will be world No. 1 next Monday (Novak Djokovic will indeed lose the points from his victory at Roland-Garros last year, since he a week behind this year), Daniil Medvedev. But Simon has won his three confrontations with the Russian (including one at Queen’s in 2019), and already has three grass matches in his legs, while Medvedev has none.

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