ATP Thailand Open: Gilles Simon sees off Bernard Tomic to reach quarters
Last Updated: 26/09/13 2:04pm
Gilles Simon: Won in his 300th career match
Gilles Simon marked the 300th match of his career with a win as he saw off Bernard Tomic on Thursday to reach the Thailand Open quarter-finals.
The Frenchman won in straight sets 6-4 7-5 as he continues his good recent form having beaten fellow countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Metz title at the weekend.
Having broken his Australian opponent early, Simon held that advantage to win the first set in 43 minutes.
The second was finely poised at 5-5 before the world No 14 broke Tomic and subsequently served out to win the match, just a matter of hours after arriving from Europe.
"I'm still on European time, so it was a 7am start and a 3am wake up," he said.
"It was tough today, but I like the conditions here. I suppose that's why I've been successful here most of the time.
"I was afraid of this match but I got through it, I'm happy about that, now I'll try to recover as best as I can and be ready for tomorrow."
Simon will now face Dutchman Igor Sijsling, whom he defeated in their only previous meeting indoors in Metz three years ago, on Friday.
Despite Milos Raonic taking only one of 16 break point chances against Marinko Matosevic of Australia, the big-hitting Canadian still came through 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-4.
"I created my opportunities but I wasn't converting any," said the world No 11. "He was playing so well on a lot of break points and a few I didn't play well. I just kept plugging away and finally broke him (in the third set)."
Also, Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan defeated eighth-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-2 and fifth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia also won through against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3.