• Gasquet, Simon in all-French Bangkok final

    9/29/12 9:22 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Gasquet, Simon in all-French Bangkok final It will be an all-French final between Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon on Sunday in Bangkok. Gasquet is bidding for his first winner's trophy of 2012 in his third title match.

    Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon will be going head-to-head for the sixth time in their careers at the ATP level when they clash in the Bangkok Open final on Sunday afternoon.

    Gasquet, somewhat surprisingly, has won all five of their previous encounters (3-0 on hard courts, none indoors). They have faced each other only once in the last three years, with Gasquet prevailing 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 at the 2011 Dubai event. Simon has at least defeated Gasquet once, a 6-4, 6-4 decision at the 2010 Sunrise Challenger.

    Although he may not be the favorite on paper, Simon has been in absolute cruise-control mode so far this week. The 19th-ranked Frenchman earned a bye as the No. 4 seed then won three in a row in straight sets; 6-4, 6-4 over Go Soeda, 6-4, 6-1 over Gael Monfils, and 6-4, 6-4 over Janko Tipsarevic. Simon is now 38-20 for the year.

    Gasquet, on the other hand, has been playing with fire. Twice in three matches has the second-seeded Frenchman watched his opponent serve for a straight-set victory. Gasquet came back to beat Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 and stormed past Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 after being down 4-0 in the second. In between those wins, the world No. 14 edged Bernard Tomic 7-6(5), 6-4.

    If Gasquet's one-handed backhand is working, he can definitely stay with his opponent and even capture his first title of 2012. But he cannot afford to get off to another slow start against a proven winner like Simon. Based on form this week and lifetime final experience (Simon is 10-2), Simon in straight sets is the pick.

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Pity Simon picked up an injury which made for a disappointing match. Up until the final he had been playing well.

ed251137 , 9/30/12 5:56 PM

Congrats to Gasquet, but it's a pity Simon got injured or else it could have been a very well-contested match.

scoretracker , 9/30/12 11:18 PM

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