Melbourne - Frenchman Gilles Simon got what he described as
a taste of home as he overcame drizzle to defeat Bernard Tomic for a
third-place finish at the Kooyong Classic on Friday.
In a contest reduced before the start to one set, given the
threatening weather which arrived later, he won 6-3.
Despite the conditions, organisers remained hopeful of the
men's final between defending champion David Goffin and Ivo Karlovic and the
women's title match between Sorana Cirstea and Yanina Wickmayer taking place.
"This is close to French weather so I'm used to
it," the 25th ranked Simon said after his 26-minute win which leaves
Australian Tomic without a victory this year heading into Monday's Australian
"The conditions were tough, but things change so much
here. We know in two days it will be 35 Celsius again.
"I'm feeling fine for the Open even if I did not play a
lot of matches before," he added.
Simon, 32, will start at the Grand Slam against American
teenager Michael Mmoh.
"I saw him at the US Open," Simon said, joking:
"At my age, there are no good draws. I will try to take him down if I
The pre-Australian Open Kooyong hit-out has long been a
staple of the week prior to the start of the Grand Slam, with organisers known
for making some of their own rules on the fly in order to get play on court.
Defeat left Tomic winless since late September in Shenzhen,
"It was a shame the rain started the last two games but
it's quality for me and him, and we're both ready to play on Monday," Tomic