• Simon meets Hewitt, Troicki takes on Blake

    5/25/13 7:33 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Simon meets Hewitt, Troicki takes on Blake Gilles Simon will play in front of the French fans at Roland Garros on Sunday against Lleyton Hewitt. Viktor Troicki and James Blake are also in action.

    (15) Gilles Simon vs. Lleyton Hewitt

    Simon and Hewitt will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers and for the second time this season when they clash in round one of the French Open on Sunday afternoon. All three of their previous encounters have gone Simon's way and all have done so in convincing fashion. The Frenchman has never lost a set to Hewitt and no set has been closer than 6-3. They most recently faced each other in Miami, where Simon cruised 6-3, 6-3.

    Hewitt appears to be on his last legs at 32 years old, but he is still inside the Top 100 at No. 82 in the world and he has an even 7-7 record this season. The Aussie has not won a match since he last met Simon, having posted an 0-2 record so far on clay. Simon is 23-13 for the year, which includes a quarterfinal run in Miami. The world No. 17 is coming off a quarterfinal loss in Nice to Pablo Andujar (Andujar beat Hewitt in the first round). As past history indicates, this is a terrible matchup for Hewitt; Simon can do everything his opponent can do and he can do all of it better. Count on the No. 15 seed advancing in straight sets.

    Viktor Troicki vs. James Blake

    Troicki and Blake will be colliding for the first time in their careers on Sunday at Roland Garros. At 33 years old, Blake has mostly reduced his schedule to hard-court events at home in the United States (plus the four Grand Slams). The world No. 93 played one clay-court match earlier this spring in Houston, where he fell to Gael Monfils 7-6(5), 7-5 during first-round action. Blake is a modest 4-5 for the season.

    Whereas the American skipped the European clay-court swing until now, Troicki has remained in action. The Serb owns a 6-5 record on the slow stuff and he arguably earned more fame than he ever had previously in his career with a monumental meltdown during a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Ernests Gulbis in the Rome second round. Troicki is by no means on fire, but Blake will be rusty and clay has always been his worst surface. Look for the world No. 44 to prevail in four sets.

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they ought to put Cedric as umpire in this :)

Shireling , 5/25/13 11:02 PM

Hewitt up 2 sets

RickyDimon , 5/26/13 2:12 PM

Simon almost trashed it at the end

Shireling , 5/26/13 5:25 PM

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