• Melzer advances in Stuttgart, Simon upset

    7/15/10 3:52 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Melzer advances in Stuttgart, Simon upset Jurgen Melzer wins his Stuttgart opener on Wednesday, beating Mischa Zverev in straight sets. Simon Greul joins Melzer in the quarterfinals by upsetting Gilles Simon.

    Coming off stellar Grand Slam performances at the French Open (semifinals) and Wimbledon (fourth round and the doubles title), Jurgen Melzer continued his fine form by defeating Mischa Zverev 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Mercedes Cup on Wednesday. Melzer needed one hour and 40 minutes to set up a quarterfinal clash against Albert Montanes.

    The 15th-ranked Austrian took advantage of Zverev's second serve to break twice in each set, and that helped him erase an early break deficit in the second. Melzer, who got a first-round bye as a No. 2 seed, fired five aces and won 58 percent of his second-serve return points.

    Simon Greul also booked a spot in the quaterfinals, ousting seventh-seeded Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 29 minutes. Simon, who has struggled all year with knee problems, could not bounce back from having won his first-round match against Dustin Brown in a third-set tiebreaker.

    Greul spotted the Frenchman a 5-2 lead in the second, but the 73rd-ranked German thrilled his home fans by storming from behind to prevail in straights. Simon won less than half of his second-serve points and missed seven of eight break chances after earning none in the opening frame of play.

    Next up for Greul is either Juan Carlos Ferrero or Horacio Zeballos. That match was suspended due to darkness prior to a second-set tiebreaker with Zeballos leading by a set.

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poor simon. he was world number 6 before he got hit with injuries. shame, i love watching him play. hope he recovers his form very soon!

mriiidula , 7/15/10 4:47 AM

I hope Simon recovers his form too. I like watching him playing against the top players, giving them all sorts of problems, though he may not win most of the time. There is no lacking in effort where Simon is concerned.

luckystar , 7/15/10 7:44 AM

He is a lovely player to watch (in more senses than one :-D) He has the game to to get back into the top 10 if only he could build up a little more strength and recover his confidence again. He really has not been the same player since losing both his matches against the Czechs which sent France out in the first round Davis Cup last year.

ed251137 , 7/15/10 9:06 AM

i agree with you-except I dont think he has the game to get back into the top 10 for a few reasons. i think he is a top 15-20 player. He is hard working,he would be perfect if he had the natural talent of his countrymen Gasquet and Tsonga.

tj600 , 7/15/10 9:23 AM

ed: that smile...

deuce , 7/16/10 7:33 AM

..........deuce, FYEO........!! c28857970c-400wi

ed251137 , 7/16/10 8:36 AM

ed: thanx 4 that! He's soooo adorable, but do prefer him with his shirt on......

deuce , 7/16/10 6:43 PM

i liked this one better:

mriiidula , 7/17/10 7:18 AM

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