• Simon battles Tipsarevic at Western & Southern Open

    8/17/11 4:37 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon battles Tipsarevic at Western & Southern Open Two of the summer's in-form players will be battling in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Gilles Simon and Janko Tipsarevic fought through tough openers on Tuesday and are now looking for a spot in the third round.

    Gilles Simon and Janko Tipsarevic will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers when they clash in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday. Simon has won both of their previous encounters, including a 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 decision earlier this year at the Miami Masters.

    Armed with a clean bill of health, Simon has been in daunting form this season. The 12th-ranked Frenchman owns a 31-18 record and recently captured a 500-point title on the clay courts of Hamburg. Simon dropped his Montreal opener to Philipp Petzschner last week, but he appeared to bounce back on Tuesday in Cincinnati with a 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5 victory over Jurgen Melzer.

    Tipsarevic is up to a career-high ranking of No. 20 in the world thanks to his run to the Montreal semifinals. The Serb is now 35-17 for his 2011 campaign and he just barely managed to keep up the momentum with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(5) win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Tuesday.

    Although he scraped past the French qualifier, Tipsarevic seemed to be hobbled with a minor foot problem that required multiple medical timeouts. He will have to be 100 percent to have a chance against Simon, who is one of the most consistent players on tour and will keep ball after ball in play. Look for Cincinnati's No. 10 seed to prevail in two close sets.

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