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  • Simon beats Bachinger to reach Bucharest final

    4/28/12 2:32 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon beats Bachinger to reach Bucharest final Gilles Simon takes care of Matthias Bachinger in straight sets on Saturday in Bucharest. Simon awaits either Fabio Fognini or Attila Balazs in the final.

    Gilles Simon is one win away from his third career BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy after getting past Matthias Bachinger 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday afternoon. Simon converted five of 17 break-point chances to prevail in one hour and 47 minutes and book a spot in the title match.

    The top-seeded Frenchman appeared to take control with his second break of the day at 3-3 in the first set, but he failed to serve it out at 5-4. Nonetheless, Simon broke right back at 5-5 and this time he had no trouble finishing off the opening frame of play, sealing the deal via a love hold.

    Bachinger's serve really failed him in the second set, even though he surrendered it just twice compared to three times in the opener. The 120th-ranked German put in a mere 39 percent of his first deliveries and won only 39 percent of his second-serve points. He saved seven of nine break points, but two donations of serve were two too many.

    Simon lost just five points in his last four service games. The world No. 12 served extremely well in the second and delivered his best all-around tennis of the week to put away his unseeded opponent. A final routine hold at 5-2 wrapped up the proceedings.

    Next up for Simon is either Fabio Fognini or surprise semifinalist Attila Balazs.




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