• Simon crashes out of Monte-Carlo to Bautista Agut

    4/15/13 2:46 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Simon crashes out of Monte-Carlo to Bautista Agut Roberto Bautista Agut scored the first upset of the tournament, dispatching a sketchy Gilles Simon.

    Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut dispatched No. 11 seed Gilles Simon in a sloppy 6-3, 7-6(6) victory to move into the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters.

    Things started out badly for Simon, and except for a few brief moments in the second set, they stayed that way.

    The match featured a whopping 13 breaks of serve, eight of which came in the second set alone. Bautista Agut did a slightly better job protecting his serve in the first set. He secured a trio of breaks against an out-of-sorts Simon, who only snagged two breaks.

    Most of the drama came in the second set, however. Bautista Agut spent most of the set ahead, but he couldn't hold onto lead. The first four games of the set were service breaks, and only with the Spaniard serving for 3-2, did anyone hold.

    The lead didn't last. Simon broke again in Bautista Agut's next service game, and yet again with the Spaniard serving for the match at 5-4.

    The Spaniard nearly squandered an impressive 5-2 lead in the tiebreaker, botching match points at 6-3, 6-4 and 6-5. Simon leveled the breaker at 6-6, but strong baseline play from Bautista Agut earned him yet another match point, which he finally secured.

    Bautista Agut awaits the winner of Florian Mayer and wildcard Benjamin Balleret.

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Waaaaiiit a second. That name is just a bit suspicious.

Benjamin Balleret? Really?

Sounds like Fed is trying to play incognito so when he loses to Rafa, it won't be his 20th.


Conspirator , 4/15/13 6:20 PM

The curse of the Davis Cup at work.

Gilles' track record in DC has always been dismal. There are players who rise to the occasion but Gilles is not one of them. After after losing both his matches in the first round in '09 (resulting in France being out of DC) he went to pieces for months afterwards. He also lost to Djokovic in the first rubber of the '10 final which Serbia went on to win against all expectations.

Last Sunday saw Gilles (replacing an injured Monfils) once again coming up short when called upon for DC duty and it looks as though his confidence has taken another severe knock.

I hope he will get himself back on track asap and not let it affect the rest of his season.

ed251137 , 4/16/13 12:01 AM

Monfils is out!!!! Looking to Gasquet and Tsonga to represent the French!! Allez!!!

Monalysa , 4/16/13 5:10 PM

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