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Top-seeded Gilles Simon beat Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4, 6-3 to win the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Sunday.
The Frenchman managed to clich a hat-trick of titles in Bucharest, after winning the tournament in 2007 and 2008.
Fognini, who was playing in his first ATP World Tour final, made a determined start and broke early for a 2-0 lead, but Simon broke back to take a 3-2 lead and held on to take the set, despite an apparent eye injury.
The second set was dominated by several long rallies, but Simon seemed more in control and at 2-2 he broke to take the lead. At 5-3 up Simon, with Fognini serving and leading 40-0, managed to level the score in the game before going on to win the match.
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Top-seeded Gilles Simon beat Matthias Bachinger of Germany 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy.
Simon broke five times to win against the unseeded Bachinger.
The Frenchman, who won the tournament in 2007 and '08, will attempt to clinch a hat-trick of titles when he meets Italy's Fabio Fognini on Sunday.
Fognini reached his first ever...
Two-time former Bucharest champion Gilles Simon had to come back from a set down to defeat fifth seed Lukasz Kubot 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Top seeded Simon who own the championship in 2007 and 2008 will meet Matthias Bachinger in Saturday’s semi.
The upset of the day came from unknown Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs, who surprised Belgian Xavier Malisse 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Balazs...
Gilles Simon will attempt to capture his third Bucharest title when he faces Fabio Fognini on Sunday. Simon moved past Matthias Bachinger 7-5, 6-2, while Fognini soundly ousted qualifier Attila Balazs, 6-3, 6-1.
Simon who took the Bucharest title in 2007 and 2008 spoke about his chances,”I know that I can play very good here. I know the center court perfectly and...
Top-seeded Gilles Simon rallied to overcome Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday and reach the semifinals of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy.
The Frenchman converted six of his 15 break points to secure the victory in 2 hours, 13 minutes.
Simon said ''Kubot played a very good match at the beginning; he was very aggressive,'' adding that ''I was...
Top seed Frenchmen Gilles Simon captured his third Bucharest title by defeating Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 for the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Sunday.
Simon previously won the tournament in 2007 and 2008. It’s his fifth ATP World Tour title and his fifth on clay.
“I played a great match today,” said Simon. “It was very difficult; Fabio played well and I had to run a lot...
Leave it to a guy with the first name Fabio (last name Fognini) to tweet a picture of himself posing with his runner-up trophy from the BRD Nastaste Tiriac Trophy Tournament as if he is auditioning for an adult film role - if you know what I mean.....
Being a runner-up never looked so good.
Photo via Fabio's Twitter Page