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  • Simon glad to manage the great escape in Bangkok

    9/29/11 2:17 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Simon glad to manage the great escape in Bangkok 2009 winner Gilles Simon had a rugged return to one of his favorite tournaments as the Frenchman had to fight to escape with a victory in his first match in two years at the Thailand Open.

    Simon had hoped to return for a trophy defense a year ago but was derailed by the premature birth of his son during the US Open. Instead, he took a wild card into nearby Metz and won that event.

    This year, there was no stopping the world No. 13 from coming back to Asia. "I really like it here, it's one of my favorites," he said after pulling through over Taiwan's tough Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

    Simon knew he faced big trouble in his opening match and was glad to live the great escape. "I was down a set and a break and he had points for 5-2. It was an amazing match.

    "His level was really high and I had the sensation that I was also playing well. I've played for three hours many times, it's always a possibility.

    "I knew I had to play the maximum on every point against him," said the Frenchman. "I was almost on the plane back home at one point. I'm very happy to win this match."

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