Gilles Simon, with Richard Gasquet, is leading the way at his home tournament in Roland Garros where the French players have had less that stellar results in the past few years, making his way into the fourth round where he will face the winner of Soderling V Mayer. Simon beat Mardy Fish handily today 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours.
Simon, a famous counter-puncher, used the pace of Fish to create some incredible depth, forcing Mardy to play defensive tennis. The American was crippled by his mounting errors as Simon played a tight match and his inability to get over a racket abuse warning after he cracked a racket. He refused to acknowledge that he had cracked the racket, despite changing to a new one, but argued over a number of games with the umpire that the warning, which is standard practice, was unnecessary.
In the final moments of the third set Fish seemed more interested in arguing than paying any attention to Gilles who was accelerating towards the finish line.
Ultimately Mardy hit only 12 winners to 46 errors while Simon was 21 to 26 – a much cleaner match from the Frenchman. Fish also managed to only convert 1/6 break points compared to Simon’s 5/9.