Posted January 20, 2013 on AP on Fox

TOKYO - OCTOBER 08: Mikhail Youzhny of Russia plays a backhand in his match against Gilles Simon of France during day four of the Rakuten Open Tennis tournament at Ariake Colosseum on October 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
It was an epic battle of the wounded that only one Frenchman could win. The victor, No. 14-seeded Gilles Simon, hobbled off the court well after midnight. He needed three or four hours of massage and other treatment - he doesn't quite remember. He finally crawled into bed at 5 a.m. Sunday. Beating Gael Monfils, a friend who is ranked 86th, made him neither happy nor sad, he said in a news conference held much later Sunday. Toward the end of the match, he said, his pain was so intense that he didn't feel like he was on a tennis court but in a dream. The final score was 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 8-6. Some in the Twitter-sphere called it ''Les Miserables,'' although the nearly five-hour tennis match lasted considerably longer than the Hollywood or Broadway versions. France's sports daily, l'Equipe, described it Sunday as ''Dante-esque'' - an apt analogy because the next circle for Simon is the fourth round at the Australian Open where he faces a very well-rested and intensely motivated ...
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