In four previous meetings Viktor Troicki had never won a set or a match against Gilles Simon. His 7-5, 7-6 defeat to the Frenchman in the Medibank International’s final continued the trend.
In the first set after over 6 minutes Troicki finally broke Simon to lead 2-1 in what looked like a promising start before being immediately broken back easily. Simon looked smooth as he showed his ability to plan points and work Troicki around the court, both at times producing brilliant shots.
Simon threatened to break again to take the set as Troicki struggled to keep emotions under control at 5-4.
With beautiful precision ans the confidence of a Davis Cup win pushing him forward to 5-5 before he was broken trying to serve for a tiebreak. When Simon took the set, Troicki thumped his racquet against the hard court.
Troicki seemed to recover well, breaking twice for 3-0 lead before Simon ran off with four straight games to get back in the lead. Simon eventually prevailed in the tiebreak.
“It’s always good to win the tournament. I mean, you never know if you’re going to win more after, so I enjoy it every time. It’s nice also for me to win here, to win some different tournaments. It’s a tournament I like to play. In tennis it’s always a matter of confidence. I could see tonight I was playing very nice tennis, but I played some bad games at the beginning of the second set. I wasn’t doing it two years ago.
I think it will come back with the match and with the victory. So that’s why it’s very good to win here. We were playing very nice tennis from the baseline, and it was a real fight. I’m just happy to win it, because Viktor is playing better and better week after week. That’s very good for me to be feeling now, because I know that he’s playing good and I know that I’m able to defeat him even when he’s playing good. So it’s good for my confidence.” – Gilles Simon
“Right now I feel bit disappointed, but definitely it was a good week. Also a good match tonight. I feel I had a lot of chances that I didn’t use, and obviously Gilles doesn’t suit my game. For the past five matches already I haven’t been able to figure out how to win a set.” – Viktor Troicki