• Rosol rolls over Simon, into first ATP final

    4/27/13 3:42 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Rosol rolls over Simon, into first ATP final Lukas Rosol upsets Gilles Simon in straight sets on Saturday in Bucharest. Next up for Rosol is Sunday's final against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    Lukas Rosol powered his way into the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy title match with a surprising 6-2, 6-3 blowout of Gilles Simon on Saturday afternoon. Rosol did not record a single ace but he still held all nine of his service games to advance after one hour and 18 minutes.

    Simon took care of his first two service games of the match before his opponent seized complete control. The 16th-ranked Frenchman was broken for the first time at 2-3 in the first set and never recovered. Rosol, meanwhile, did not come close to dropping serve in the opener; he surrendered a mere four points in four service games.

    The unseeded Czech wasted no time pulling ahead in the second. He ultimately won seven games in a row from 2-2 in the first to 3-0 in the second. Simon finally held his next three efforts on serve, but he could not recover the break because he failed on all eight of his chances. Rosol had to save three break points in the last game at 5-3, and he did just that to successfully close out the proceedings.

    "I knew that I could beat him if I played good tennis," said the world No. 48, who is into his first career ATP final. "I'm happy because today my game was working really well."

    "I was not playing well with my backhand and gave him too many easy points," Simon lamented. "I only started playing well in the middle of the second set and that ended up being too late. Lukas was confident, got off a great start, and played some beautiful points."

    Rosol will battle Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for the title on Sunday. Garcia-Lopez ousted 2011 Bucharest champion Florian Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

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too big

RickyDimon , 4/27/13 3:55 PM

not as big as wimbledon.

rfzr , 4/27/13 4:28 PM

I hope he's in the top 32 soon.

chr18 , 4/27/13 4:45 PM

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