The adventure of Gilles Simon at the Internationals of France is, this time, beautiful and well finished. After his heroic match against Carreno Busta, seeded number 16, then his performance full of control against Steve Johnson, the Habs were surpassed by a Marin Cilic not at all destabilized by the public, and who enforced his status seeded number 20 to win in 3 sets (6-0, 6-3, 6-2). He will find world number 2 Daniil Medvedev, while Gilles Simon can go out with his head held high. Like his compatriot Alizé Cornet, who could not finish her match a little earlier, Gilles Simon finished the match physically diminished, but not without the support of an audience which, since the start of the fortnight, has participated in magnifying his 17th and last career appearance at the Porte d’Auteuil. Unexpectedly qualified for the third round, the 158th in the world this time did well against a Cilic with cannon shots that did damage.Roland-GarrosFederer, Nadal, Berdych… The Top 10 of Simon’s victories 20 HOURSAn 8-0 to start … As against Johnson, where he ended up obtaining his 500th success, the Frenchman started his match very badly, quickly trailing 3-0, constantly jostled by an opponent who martyred him with his forehands, in particular (42 winning strokes in the end), he did not manage to reverse the trend this time. Worse, he conceded eight games in a row before finally glimpsing the light. A set and a break behind, the 37-year-old finally managed to find a guarantor. He ignited the Philippe-Chatrier court on a perfect return game, which allowed him to come back to 2-1. The public, heated to block, then believed that the one who had beaten Cilic 6 times during their first 7 confrontations could reverse the trend a little bit. Except that the winner of the 2014 US Open quickly calmed everyone down by resuming his break lead in stride. A tribute from Roland-Garros Simon managed to impose a more balanced duel afterwards but could not prevent Cilic from win the second set. Despite some gross errors (33 unforced errors in all), especially on the fly, the Croatian, extremely solid in the service in the last round, took advantage of an opponent reduced by pain in the right thigh to conclude in 1:56. With such a level of performance, the seeded number 20 can hope to fight a big duel against Daniil Medvedev in the round of 16 on Monday. A bit like what was done for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roland-Garros and the French Tennis Federation paid tribute to Gilles Simon, who was playing his last Grand Slam in Paris there. He was presented with a trophy and was able to address a few words to an audience who again supported him well this Saturday. Roland-Garros Simon validates the atmosphere: “When I played Kyrgios in Australia, we m ‘insulted the whole match”YESTDAY AT 8:23 PMRoland-GarrosIt’s Benjamin Button: Simon pushes back his farewell to Roland and will see the 3rd round26/05/2022 At 5:37 PM
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