• Simon, Verdasco battle to three-set wins in Rome

    5/14/13 4:11 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon, Verdasco battle to three-set wins in Rome Gilles Simon holds off Filippo Volandri in three sets on Tuesday in Rome. Simon is joined in the second round by Fernando Verdasco, a three-set winner over Horacio Zeballos.

    Gilles Simon d. (WC) Filippo Volandri 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

    Simon went into a hostile environment on Supertennis Arena but he fought his way past Volandri in two hours and four minutes during first-round action at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Tuesday afternoon. Simon converted three of four break points on his way to a meeting with Mikhail Youzhny.

    Italians, including Volandri himself, are no strangers to making memorable runs in Rome. For a while it looked like he would have another chance of advancing, especially when he dominated the second set by losing a mere five points in four service games. Simon, however, seized what proved to be the match-clinching break at 4-4 in the third. Volandri served at 81 percent but he converted only three of 19 break-point opportunities.

    Fernando Verdasco d. Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

    A pair of Madrid victories may have Verdasco back on track, because he earned another win on Tuesday--this time over Zeballos after one hour and 40 minutes of play. The Spaniard capitalized on three of five break chances and withstood seven aces off the racket of his opponent to set up a second-round showdown against countryman David Ferrer.

    Like Simon, Vedasco could not close out a straight-set victory but bounced back in the decider. The world No. 53 lost only four points in his last five service games, so one break in the third was enough for him to get past the Argentine. Verdasco closed it out in routine fashion with the match on his racket at 5-3.

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Simon and Nadal are similar in that they run more than any other player to get a win.

stratocast51 , 5/14/13 4:43 PM

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