9/29/12 8:43 PM | Ricky Dimon
Gilles Simon takes out No. 1 seed Janko Tipsarevic on Saturday in Bangkok. Next up for Simon is an all-French final against Richard Gasquet.
Gilles Simon turned in a vintage performance to see off Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Bangkok Open on Saturday afternoon. Simon played rock-solid tennis the entire time, with almost no unforced errors to speak of, as he booked a spot in the title match after one hour and 44 minutes.
The 19th-ranked Frenchman saved the only break point he faced all day in the first set to consolidate his one scalp of the Tipsarevic serve. A clutch hold for Simon at 5-4 gave him a one-set advantage.
Tipsarevic did not go away without a fight, but he was on thin ice throughout the second. The top-seeded Serb fought off seven break points before finally cracking under pressure at 4-4. Following the break, Simon wrapped things up without any trouble one game later.
Simon finished with six aces and one double-fault while winning 84 percent of his first-serve points. Interestingly, in 10 service games each, Simon played a mere 52 points whereas Tipsarevic struggled through a total of 72 points.
Next up for the No. 4 seed is an all-French final against Richard Gasquet, who overcame Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Gasquet trailed 4-0 in the second set and also saw Nieminen serve for the match at 5-4 before storming back for victory.
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