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Gasquet, Simon Set All-French Bangkok Final; Tipsarevic Beaten

Bangkok, Thailand

Gasquet© AFP/Getty ImagesRichard Gasquet hit seven aces and won 66 per cent of his service points against Jarkko Nieminen on Saturday.

Second seed Richard Gasquet will look to improve his 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against fellow Frenchman and fourth seed Gilles Simon on Sunday in the Thailand Open final.

Simon, the 2009 titlist, reached his 13th ATP World Tour final after he beat top seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Tipsarevic managed to save eight of 10 break points, but could not prevent Simon improving to 4-0 in hard-court meetings with victory in one hour and 45 minutes.

"It was a very, very good match today and I couldn't have done better than that," said Simon. "Janko has been playing amazing tennis since last year; he is hitting hard and isn't losing a lot. I think I played the perfect match, but it will still close. It gives me confidence for the final."

Tipsarevic, who is currently No. 9 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London, drops to a 50-20 record on the season. Simon improves to 18-42 lifetime against Top 10 opponents and will attempt to lift his 11th ATP World Tour trophy (10-2 finals record) against Gasquet.

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Gasquet came within two points of losing to seventh-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets, but recovered to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 56 minutes. Nieminen led 5-4, 30/30 in the second set, but was adjudged to have foot-faulted on a second serve. This year's Apia Sydney International titlist (d. Benneteau) won 19 of 52 points in the deciding set and drops to a 25-23 season mark.

"It's tough to say how I turned it around," said Gasquet. "I tried to fight. I was playing badly and was frustrated after the first set. He wasn't missing. At 0-4 [in the second set], I served well on the big points and he got tense. He double-faulted at 5-4, which was the key of the match, and in the third set I played better."

Gasquet, 26, has finished runner-up at two ATP World Tour tournaments this year – the Estoril Open (l. to del Potro) and the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Djokovic) – and improves to a 36-18 match record. He has a 6-10 record in title matches.

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