Gilles Simon makes honest admission after shocking Pablo Carreno Busta

Simon clinched a big upset win at the start of his final French Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Gilles Simon makes honest admission after shocking Pablo Carreno Busta

Former world No. 6 Gilles Simon admitted he didn't expect to beat Pablo Carreno Busta but was thrilled that he was able to clinch at least one victory in his final French Open. Simon, who is now ranked outside the top-150, received a wildcard into the French Open since he is retiring after this season.

On Tuesday, Simon took on 16th-seeded Carreno Busta and claimed a shock 6-4 6-4 4-6 1-6 6-4 win. “It was a crazy match, an unexpected win,” Simon said, per the ATP website. “When you're on clay, it's super long, and Pablo is a super solid player.

You know until the end it's going to be difficult, and unfortunately I was dropping a bit physically… In the end I managed to turn this one and it was really unexpected. It's the most unexpected win I could have. It was really hard for me to see myself as a winner today when I was just warming up and everything.

I knew it would be really hard… When the match starts to turn crazy like this, it means you just have two players on the same level trying to give everything to win. Sometimes you win it and sometimes you lose it”.

Simon recovered after losing the third and fourth sets

After winning the third and fourth sets, Carreno Busta got off to a good start to the fifth set as he took an early 2-0 lead. Carreno Busta led 4-2 after the opening six games of the fifth set and he appeared to be cruising claiming a big comeback win.

Just when it seemed that Simon was done, the Frenchman claimed back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to overturn a 4-2 deficit and win the fifth set. It was a memorable night for Simon, who is set to walk away from the game after the 2022 season. Throughout his career, Simon three times made the quarterfinal at Roland Garros.

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