Tennis: The French No.2 Gilles Simon has won the battle of Frenchmen, as he edged the French No.3 Gael Monfils in the third set tie-break in the final of Open 13 Marseille ATP 250 Tournament. This is his 12th career title and second title here, as he also won the event in 2007, which was his maiden title.
It was a thrilling marathon battle that lasted for 2 hours and 30 minutes and it was hard to decide until the last moment that who was going to win the battle. There was a time when Monfils was only two points away from winning the title. When they last met at the 2013 Australian Open in the third round, that was also an epic battle and Simon had won 8-6 in the fifth set.
Simon led their head to head record 4-1 but three of their meetings went to the deciding set so it was expected to be a close match. The first set was very close as both players broke eachother once and went neck to neck, before Simon got a vital break in the 10th game when Monfils was serving to stay in the set at 4-5.
In the second set Monfils was a different player as he played much better and completely outclassed Simon. He won 6 games in a row to take the second set 6-1 and forced the match into the deciding set. Also Read: Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon make the French crowd proud in Marseille Also Read: Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon keep the French hopes going in Marseille