Gilles Simon v Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Two more French players will meet one another for a place in the Quarter Final in Metz and Gilles Simon has really enjoyed his time here having won the title twice before. This is his first match since the US Open which is where Edouard Roger-Vasselin will try to exploit his advantage.
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Roger-Vasselin had to come through the Qualifiers to get into the main draw so has had three wins this week, so his confidence has to be in a good place taking on Simon. He hasn’t beaten his higher Ranked compatriot in a professional match though and Simon was a comfortable winner over him on the indoor hard courts in Marseille earlier this season.
It was a closer match than the scoreline might have indicated, but Simon dominated the points against the Roger-Vasselin second serve and that is where he will look to dominate again in this Second Round match. He works hard and will look to wear down Roger-Vasselin and Simon does have the advantage when it comes to movement and being able to defend his position on the court.
Simon’s serve is always a weakness that will give opponents a chance as he has to work hard for all of his points, but he should have enough know-how on the court to break down Roger-Vasselin. After a fairly long couple of sets, I like Simon to come through 63, 64 in this one.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Gilles Simon – 4.5 Games @ 2.17 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
Prices correct at time of writing.