Simon into Brisbane semis

2012-01-05 13:41
Gilles Simon (File)

Brisbane - Frenchman Gilles Simon continued his low-key run at the Brisbane International with a solid 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 quarter-final win over Colombia's Santiago Giraldo on Thursday.

Second seed Simon lost to Giraldo in the first round in Brisbane last year but was too consistent for the Colombian this time in a match lasting two hours.

Simon has now won three matches this week without dropping a set and looks in better shape than top seed Andy Murray, who has struggled to win his opening two matches.

The Frenchman, ranked 12th in the world, struggled on serve at times throughout the match but was able to break Giraldo at key moments and played a solid tiebreaker to take an early advantage.

He then held off the Colombian to advance to the final four and a showdown against either former champion Radek Stepanek or Alexandr Dolgopolov.

"I think we played a high level from the very first game," Simon said of his match with Giraldo.

"It was difficult but I think I was stronger than him physically and finally he started to miss a lot. I got some easy points at times and I felt that I had more opportunities than him.

"I won the tiebreak and I think it is always important to win the tiebreak when you've been playing for more than an hour.

"After I won the tiebreak I felt more comfortable."

Simon reached a career high world ranking of six in 2009 before a knee injury kept him off court for the first six months of 2010.

He said the Brisbane tournament was giving him the ideal preparation for the Australian Open.

"I'm feeling good, I'm moving better and better every day," he said.

"It's already been a good tournament because I've played three good matches so it's a good preparation for Melbourne.

"But at the moment I'm just focusing on what I have to do here. I have very good players to beat in the next two matches and I will first see if I am able to do it."



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks must be 'more clinical' in quarters
Scotland braced for game of their lives
Lancaster: Rebuilding morale is tough
Lood is a tackling machine
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.