• Madrid - Simon beats Benneteau, Chardy through

    5/5/13 7:57 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Madrid - Simon beats Benneteau, Chardy through Former finalist Gilles Simon is through to the second round after holding off compatriot Julien Benneteau in three sets. The Frenchman is joined in round two by compatriot Jeremy Chardy, who beat Argentina's Horacio Zeballos.

    (16) Gilles Simon def. Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-3

    Sixteenth seed Gilles Simon advanced to the second round after rallying to defeat countryman Julien Benneteau. The former Madrid finalist converted five of 10 break points through two hours and 7 minutes of play. After losing a 3-0 edge in the decider, Simon regrouped to take a key break at 4-3.

    Simon is scheduled to take on fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the next round.

    Jeremy Chardy def. Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6(3)

    France's Jeremy Chardy is through to the second round following a straight-sets ousting of Argentina's Horacio Zeballos. The world No. 26 held eleven of 11 service games through 91 minutes of play. After winning the opening set, Chardy won three consecutive points from 4-3 in the second-set breaker. The Frenchman completed the day with 10 aces and just 12 points lost on serve.

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