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Simon claims first title in nearly three years

115   //    06 Jan 2018, 20:55 IST
French tennis player Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon will hope his victory in the Maharashtra Open is a sign of things to come as he put a highly disappointing 2017 behind him to beat Kevin Anderson in the final.

The Frenchman slipped out of the top 50 for the first time since 2005 last year, posting a 16-25 record for the season.

But he has rediscovered his form in Pune and clinched a first title since February 2015 with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 victory over world number 14 Anderson.

Simon defeated Roberto Bautista Agut and Marin Cilic en route to the final but was surprised by his achievement in overcoming Anderson, who had won the previous three meetings between them.

"It's the first time I managed to beat him," Simon said. "I still don't know how I did it. I'm really, really happy I was able to make it."

Simon also has a chance for doubles glory, having made the final alongside Pierre-Hugues Herbert against Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop.


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