Top seed Gilles Simon has reached the semi-finals of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, beating Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday. “I think Kubot played a very good match at the beginning; he was very aggressive,” commented Simon in his post match interview. “I was a little bit tired, not moving perfectly, and it was very difficult to handle the match. I think I got a little bit lucky at the start of the second set because he had some opportunities to break me, but finally I was able to break him. I played better and better and was able to win this match.”
Simon reached the semi-finals at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week and is currently 1910 for the year on the tour. The Frenchman will take on German Matthias Bachinger, who beat qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-1.
Italy’s Fabio Fognini beat countryman Andreas Seppi, the No. 6 seed, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4. and will meet 450th-ranked Attila Balazs for a place in the final.
The Hungarian upset Xavier Malisse 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Balazs is playing in his first ever ATP main draw event.