THAILAND OPEN 2012
Gasquet, Simon Set All-French Bangkok Final; Tipsarevic Beaten
by ATP Staff|
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.
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.