• Simon takes on Rosol in Bucharest semifinals

    4/26/13 5:47 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon takes on Rosol in Bucharest semifinals Gilles Simon is two wins away from a fourth career title in Bucharest. Standing in his way of a return trip to the final on Saturday is Lukas Rosol.

    Gilles Simon and Lukas Rosol 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 afternoon. Their only previous encounter came two years ago on the hard courts of Dubai, where Simon cruised 6-2, 6-3.

    Rosol is playing the best tennis of his life right now (aside from his 2012 Wimbledon stunner of Rafael Nadal) and he is through to his first-ever ATP semifinal. The world No. 48 will reach a new career-high ranking next week, mostly thanks to a solid 11-8 record for his 2013 campaign. So far in Bucharest, Rosol has dismissed Gilles Muller, Andreas Seppi, and Viktor Troicki.

    Simon is 18-10 for the season, which is highlighted by what is now a trio of 250-point semifinals in addition to a quarterfinal in Miami. The 16th-ranked Frenchman earned a first-round bye this week before getting past Jarkko Nieminen and Daniel Brands.

    While these are completely uncharted waters for Rosol, this is nothing other than the absolute norm for Simon. The No. 2 seed is the defending champion of this event and he has won it three times in total. Playing on clay, additionally, there is no reason why Simon should not break down Rosol's power game in straight sets and book another spot in the final.

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Rosol is a beast on clay!!!!!!!!! He destroyed the girly man!

chr18 , 4/27/13 1:04 PM

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