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ATP Paris Masters: Simon defeats Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-2


11-01-2016 16:03 BJT

Monday saw an all-French encounter between Giles Simon and Julien Benneteau. The latter, who is 34, is still looking for his first singles career title. Despite this, the world number 402 still had the better head-to-head record against his opponent who was hoping to go one better than his performance here in 2012 when he reached the semi-finals.

We pick up the action in the first set and Benneteau serving, up a break. The pair go back and fourth with cross-court exchanges before Simon's outstretched backhand falls into the path of Benneteau, leaving him with an easy forehand volley to win the point, he takes the frame 6-4.

Despite this, Simon comes back strong to win the second set 6-3. And a dominating display in the third leaves him at match point and books his place in the next phase when he charges down the court to finish off an easy volley. The world number 24 advances 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.


Also in action is Marcos Baghdatis at the top of your screen, who is facing wild-card Paul-Henri Mathieu. At 5-2 up in the first, the Cypriot, who is serving for the set, gets on his way to going one up with this unorthodox drop shot.

And an easy 6-2, 6-4 win is completed in just over an hour when the Frenchman's returns finds the net. Up next for Baghdatis is number 14 seed, Grigor Dimitrov.

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