• Simon two wins away from third Bucharest title

    4/27/12 8:25 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon two wins away from third Bucharest title Two-time Bucharest champion Gilles Simon will be back in action on Saturday. He is set for a semifinal meeting against unseeded Matthias Bachinger.

    Gilles Simon and Matthias Bachinger will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they meet in the semifinals of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Saturday. Their only previous encounter came last fall on the hard courts of Bangkok, where Simon prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

    The 12th-ranked Frenchman is once again a considerable favorite. He is the top seed and a two-time champion in Bucharest whose record for the season stands at 19-10. Simon earned a first-round bye then dispatched Dudi Sela and Lukasz Kubot, losing the opening set to Kubot on Friday.

    Bachinger had been a mere 3-8 at the ATP level in 2012 prior to his arrival in Bucharest, but he has turned things around with wins over Filippo Volandri, Viktor Troicki, and Daniel Brands. The 120th-ranked German needed three sets against both Volandri and Troicki, including a third-set 'breaker against Troicki.

    Although he is decent on clay, Bachinger would prefer to face Simon on a faster surface. Simon will be able to make this a grinding baseline battle and he should be able to finish the job in straight sets.

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