Gilles Simon comments on epic comeback win over Andy Murray in Paris

Simon staged an epic comeback win in the first round of the final tournament of his career.

by Dzevad Mesic
Gilles Simon comments on epic comeback win over Andy Murray in Paris

Gilles Simon admitted he was overwhelmed with emotions late in the second set but was glad that he was able to push through and stage a big comeback victory over Andy Murray in his Paris Masters opener. On Monday, 37-year-old Simon kicked off the final tournament of his career.

In the Paris first round, Murray had a 6-4 5-3 lead over Simon. Simon, who entered the match with just two wins and 16 losses against the Briton, found himself a game away from yet another loss to the Briton. Just a game away from finishing his career, Simon created a big comeback to beat Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3.

“It was a crazy match. I was behind the whole match. At 3-4 in the second set I felt a lot of emotions coming. It was difficult to play my service game at that moment and he broke me. He got tight at 5-3 and this time I managed to push, hold my serve and break him again.

I tried to push on every game. It was really difficult physically, but it was difficult physically on his side. But I thought ‘Come on, I have a chance to beat him.’ It is not like I have the best record against Andy.

I really wanted to win this one and I was really happy I was able to do it," Simon said after the match, per the ATP website.

Simon created a big comeback over Murray

Murray earned an early first-set break, but failed to serve out for the opener in the ninth game.

However, Murray still won the opener as he broke Simon again in the 10th game, when the Frenchman was serving to stay in the first set. After losing the first set, Simon broke Murray in the third game of the second set for an early 2-1 lead.

Then, Murray responded with breaks in the fourth and eighth games to take a 5-3 lead in the second set and give himself a chance to serve out for the match. Facing a loss, Simon claimed back-to-back breaks in the ninth and 11th games to win four games in a row and to send the match into a third set.

After stealing the second set, Simon broke Murray twice in the third set to complete a three-set win. Simon plays Taylor Fritz next.

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