• Simon, Petzschner collide in Montreal

    8/9/11 1:36 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon, Petzschner collide in Montreal A tough first-round matchup on Tuesday in Montreal features Gilles Simon and Philipp Petzschner. Simon is taking the court for the first time since winning the Hamburg title.

    Gilles Simon and Philipp Petzschner will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers at the ATP level when they clash in the first round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday. Simon won their only previous encounter 6-3, 6-4 on the clay courts of Stuttgart in 2009.

    Injury-free and playing stellar tennis this season, Simon has to be favored to get the job done and advance to round two. The Frenchman is back up to No. 11 in the world, mainly thanks to his most recent appearance. He captured the Hamburg title three weeks ago, chalking up 500 points after scoring wins over opponents such as Gael Monfils, Mikhail Youzhny, and Nicolas Almagro. Seeded ninth in Montreal, Simon is 30-17 for his 2011 campaign.

    Petzschner is a solid 19-16 for the season, but he slumping at the moment and struggling down at No. 80 in the world. The German reached the Halle final earlier this summer, but since then he has lost in the opening round of four consecutive events. Petzschner, though, may have gained some confidence from coming through qualifying over the weekend with wins over Nicholas Monroe and Greg Ouellette.

    An upset is a slight possibility here, but only if Petzschner enjoys an incredible serving day. Simon is the far more consistent of the two competitors and he will be able to outfox his opponent if this becomes a baseline battle. Count on Simon advancing in two close sets.

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