Match report

Xavier Malisse ©
2nd round
6/28/12 1 2 3 Tot
be  Xavier Malisse 6 6 7 3
fr  Gilles Simon 4 4 6 0
Gilles Simon ©
  • Malisse takes out Simon in straight sets

    6/28/12 5:46 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Xavier Malisse is back in business at Wimbledon, having ousted Gilles Simon in straight sets on Thursday at Wimbledon. Malisse will go up against Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

    After a bad start to the season, Xavier Malisse said retirement was possible if he did not have a positive grass-court season. For now it looks like the 31-year-old won't be walking away just yet.

    Malisse, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and the semifinals in 2002, took care of Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(5) in the second round on Thursday afternoon. The Belgian fired 10 aces without double-faulting as he prevailed in two and a half hours.

    Simon improved in the return games as the match progressed, but he still got out-hit from the back of the court the whole way. The Frenchman broke once in the second and twice in the third but dropped his own serve twice in each time. A foot-fall call at 5-5 in the third-set tiebreaker was Simon's final undoing.

    "I'm very happy," said Malisse. "I played well. I've never beaten him. It's always tough to play someone you've never won against. If I lose the tiebreaker, it's a totally different match and he could come back. He never gives up."

    Next up for Malisse is Fernando Verdasco, who got past Grega Zemlja in four sets.

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