Giles Simon wins the German Tennis Championship 2011
Tennis, Gilles Simon

Giles Simon earns his second title of the season

7/25/11 in Tennis   |   michaelquinto2   |   27 respect

French International Giles Simon has managed to secure his 2nd title of the season and his overall 9th, when he eased past Spanish player Nicolas Almagro. Simon won the match in three sets in the final, which was being held in Hamburg, Germany. It took the Frenchman nearly 2 and half hours to secure the win.

It was Simon’s ability to break Almagro’s serve in the fifth game that proved to be the difference maker. The player managed to hold his serve in the next game, which gave him a comfortable 4-2 lead. Almagro fumbled a brilliant opportunity to break the serve, as he miscued his shot and took no advantage of the break point at 30-40. With the set at 5-4, Simon had three chances to break but managed to win 5 straight points, winning the set 6-4.  The 26-year old didn’t let Almagro break as he successfully defended all 8 break points in the match.

It was Almagro who then dominated the second set, breaking Giles’s serve in the second game and holding his own to take a 3-0 lead. Giles, on the other hand, missed crucial chances to break, but still managed to put up a strong fight and won 4 straight games. This turned the match to a 4-3 lead for the Spaniard.

However, Almagro managed a brilliant come-back and gave nothing away in the remaining set. The Spaniard finished off the set 6-4, taking the match into the final set. The player managed four aces along with 75% of first service points in the set he won.

In the third set, Simon held his own and managed to break Almagro’s serve to establish a 2-0 lead. The French International then held all of his remaining serves and didn’t let Almagro gain a lead. Simon then served out the remainder of the game, winning the set and match 6-4.

"I feel very, very good. I had to win so many tough matches this week. Today, the final was really hard to win. I had to play my best tennis to win and I'm proud to win this tournament," stated the Frenchman in his post-match conference.

 

"It was a high intensity final. I think Nicolas played very good tennis, very consistent. I knew before he could hit very hard, but also, he didn't miss anything, so I really had to fight hard on every point. We played almost three hours and it was a really, really hard match," added Simon.

 

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