• Simon beats Brands, Rosol rolls over Troicki

    4/26/13 3:36 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon beats Brands, Rosol rolls over Troicki Gilles Simon is back in the Bucharest semifinals after taking care of Daniel Brands on Friday. Next up for Simon is Lukas Rosol, a straight-set winner over Viktor Troicki.

    (2) Gilles Simon d. Daniel Brands 6-1, 7-5

    The BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy has always been one of Simon's best tournaments and nothing changed against Brands during quarterfinal action on Friday. Simon struck six aces without double-faulting and held nine of 10 service games to advance in one hour and 18 minutes. The 16th-ranked Frenchman did not come close to getting broken in the first set, so two scalps of the Brands serve were more than enough for him to take it.

    Brands showed brief signs of recovering in set two when he seized his first break of the afternoon and raced to a 4-1 advantage. The German failed to consolidate his advantage, however, and his opponent quickly restored order to the proceedings. Simon's final break came at 5-5 and he closed out the match on serve one game later. Brands wrapped up his effort with four aces and no doubles but he saved only one of five break points.

    Lukas Rosol d. (8) Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-1

    Rosol saved all 10 of the break points he faced to storm past Troicki in one hour and 17 minutes on Friday. Troicki at least managed to be somewhat competitive in the opening set, which came down to little more than break-point conversions. The 45th-ranked Serb could not convert his lone opportunity whereas Rosol capitalized on one of two chances.

    From there it was all over for Troicki--at least after he squandered six of his 10 break points in the second game of set two. Bucharest's No. 8 seed failed on nine in total throughout the second while dropping his own serve three times. Rosol won 11 of 17 first-serve return points in the final frame of play and finished off the match in appropriate fashion with his fourth break of the afternoon. The 48th-ranked Czech will battle Simon for a place in the title match.

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