• Simon squares off against Anderson in Indian Wells

    3/13/13 3:06 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon squares off against Anderson in Indian Wells A spot in the Indian Wells quarterfinals is at stake as Gilles Simon and Kevin Anderson take the court on Wednesday. The winner will go up against either Tomas Berdych or Richard Gasquet.

    Gilles Simon and Kevin Anderson will be squaring off for the first time in their careers when they battle for a place in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.

    Simon may be a considerable favorite according to ranking and seed, but that certainly belies the reality of the situation. Anderson is an outstanding 12-3 for his 2013 campaign and he would clearly be ranked higher than 37th in the world had it not been for post-Australian Open elbow surgery. Still, the 6'8'' South African recovered quickly and so far in Indian Wells he has taken out Victor Hanescu, David Ferrer, and Jarkko Nieminen.

    To say Simon has played with fire this fortnight would be an understatement. Following a first-round bye, the 13th-ranked Frenchman stormed back from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Paolo Lorenzi then saw Benoit Paire serve for their match in the second set before Simon pulled out a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory. Simon is 13-5 for the year, which includes two quarterfinal performances along with a pair of semifinals.

    The relative slowness of the Indian Wells courts could give Simon a chance in this one, but the No. 13 seed does not appear to be 100 percent physically and Anderson would have a major edge in current form even if Simon was in peak physical condition. Anderson in straight sets is the pick.

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