Simon after surviving Murray in Paris: "Andy sort of ruined my career"

Tennis - The Paris Masters is Gilles Simon's last tournament ever.

by Claudiu Pop
Simon after surviving Murray in Paris: "Andy sort of ruined my career"

Gilles Simon, 37, will retire from tennis after this year's Paris Masters, and passing Andy Murray visibly brought him joy, especially considering their head-to-head history. Simon won in three sets: 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. "I'm happy to get this one because Andy sort of ruined my career (laughs).

16 losses against him, almost a season's worth of losses. Every Grand Slam R16, every Masters 1000 QF, even a final... I thought he would ruin it until its very end, but nope, not tonight," said Simon. Unfortunately for Simon, he will have to face another difficult task against Taylor Fritz in the next round.

Fritz is currently ATP's world number 11.

Simon: "Andy is a difficult player"

Before the first-round clash against Andy Murray in Paris, Simon previewed the encounter. “You have to play one! Each adversary has its advantages and disadvantages.

Andy is a difficult player to play, especially for me. I never really liked his game, it was always difficult. Now, as always, I still beat him twice. I cling to that, I tell myself that I can always do it. I was also able to push him several times, matches where I served for the match, some matches were really tight.

It's been a while since we played. We'll see. It's a special match. I will try to concentrate, play well, move well. We'll see what's next," Simon said, per We Love Tennis Simon also played his last Roland Garros this year. "To have had the chance to play three more times in front of you (the Roland Garros public), it was an incredible thing, to do it in front of my family, in front of my kids.

Well, that was huge. I did good things on the court, but my good things are a bit dated and my children doubt that one day I could play tennis well (laughs). They've been telling me for a while: 'Anyway, you finish your tournaments quickly now' So I'm happy that they saw that, there was a crazy atmosphere over several matches so I'm happy to have left them this memory," Simon said, per We Love Tennis France.

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