THE CHAMPION IS SIMON
Gilles Simon is the new Open 13 champion. The Frenchman defeated the likes of his compatriot, Gael Monfils 6-4 1-6 7-6 in a spectacular match.
The first set was a strong battle from the back court. Aside from an early exchange of breaks, nothing much to be said aside from amazing winers on the forehand, backhand, dropshots, aces ... Down 5-4 Monfils was the first to struggle, losing his serve and the set.
The effort by Simon to win the first set osthim the second. The native from Nice, needed to catch a second wind, and took him the 27 minutes of the second set to do that.
In the third, Simon got the early break but was not able to hold on to it. Again both buddies got in to a battle of power, control and talent. The tie breaker, that was inevitable, went in favor of the player that took more risks, and that was Simon.
Simon captures the title for the second time in Marseille and moves into second place behind Noah as French player with most titles.