David served for the match twice in the second set and was two points away from winning the match in the tiebreak that followed... But in the end, Gilles Simon won the match in three sets, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5.
Photos from the match on the new photo page.
(photos: tournament website; montage: VD)
Less than three months have gone by since David last faced Gilles Simon (currently ranked #48). Their only match so far was part of David's run to the title at Washington. There, Simon became the only player able to take a set off David (who eventually prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3). A look back at that match, including highlights, you can have here.)
Back at Washington, and despite some initial difficulties, David neither seemed to have much of a problem with Simon's serve, nor with his flat groundstrokes and sudden changes of pace. And although David played a rather patchy match, riddled with unforced errors, it was enough to beat Simon - back then.
About today's match and David's chances of repeating his victory it's rather difficult to say anything without having seen his first-round match. In any case, it'll be a good test for his ability to hold serve (in the course of their Washington encounter there was a total of twelve breaks, seven for David but also five for Simon).
And this time, there will be a stream.