I was expecting a long match and a tough test for David but in the end, it was all over after only 68 minutes. That was all it took David to beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-2.
In the quarterfinal tomorrow he will now meet Filippo Volandri (match record 2-1 for the Italian).
Report and photos tomorrow...
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11pm local - David's match will now soon begin. At last...
In today's second round David gets to face another player from France. Only that this time it's the second seed at this event, Gilles Simon. If their two encounters so far are anything to go by then this match could go the distance and involve lots of protracted baseline rallies. But whether David will be up to this kind of test today, especially physically - that is the question.
Playing his first ever Golden Swing, Gilles Simon (ranked #12), has had a good start into this season, with two semifinal appearances (at Brisbane and Montpellier), though at the Australian Open he already went out in the second round. For Simon, it's the first clay-court event of the year but even if his most memorable matches took place on hardcourt, he has altogether four clay-court titles to his name.
This is going to be the third meeting between David Gilles Simon. Both of the previous two took place in 2010 and on hardcourt. In the quarterfinal at Washington, on his way to the title, David prevailed after dropping the first set. Around three months later, in the second round at Montpellier, he served for the match in the second set before eventually losing in three. Both of these matches saw various breaks of serve, as well as plenty of long rallies. And chances are that this will be a very tough match for David. But he seems optimistic:
It's going to be another nice match. We know each other well.