• Simon takes on Kubot in Bucharest quarterfinals

    4/27/12 4:06 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon takes on Kubot in Bucharest quarterfinals Gilles Simon continues his Bucharest quest as the top seed on Friday against Lukasz Kubot. A place in the semifinals will be on the line.

    Gilles Simon and Lukasz Kubot will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they sqaure off in the quarterfinals of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Friday afternoon.

    Simon is the top seed and a two-time champion of this Bucharest event. He earned an opening-round bye then kicked off his week with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dudi Sela on Thursday.

    For Simon, his streak of good form is continuing after a surprisingly bad clay-court stretch in February. The 12th-ranked Frenchman reached the Indian Wells quarterfinals and the fourth round in Miami before making a run to the Monte-Carlo semifinals (lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal).

    Kubot is enjoying the second best week of his 2012 campaign, having previously reached the quarters of a 500-point event in Memphis. The 51st-ranked Pole headed into Bucharest on a four-match losing streak, but he appears to be turning things around with straight-set wins over Romanian wild cards Gabriel Moraru and Marius Copil.

    Simon, of course, is a sudden and huge step up in competition for Kubot. The underdog can keep this relatively close if he serves well, but Simon in straight sets is the pick.

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