The Frenchman saw off the defending champ to justify a No.2 seeding that had raised a few eyebrows...

Simon sees off Tursunov to take Indy title



Originally published on 26/02/10 11:06

Gilles Simon won his fourth ATP title after a workmanlike 6-4 6-4 win over defending champion Dmitry Tursunov at the Indianapolis Championships.

The 23-year-old Simon, who beat Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey on his way to the final, was never behind in the contest, and saved all nine break points he faced to win his first ATP event in the United States.

The Frenchman’s excellence on break points will not surprise those who witnessed his semi-final performance against Querrey.

“I was just so confident and I didn’t want to lose my serve, I just fought hard for every point,” he said afterwards.

Tursunov, meanwhile, struggled in the intense heat, and lost his temper in the second set, introducing his racket to the American hard courts on occasion and failing to reproduce the form that took him past top seed James Blake in the semi-final.

Simon was seeded No.2 behind Blake going into the tournament, but few expected him to go all the way on his debut. “I played very nicely, it was great to win at my first attempt here, I will certainly be back next year.”

Elsewhere, Spaniard Albert Montanes recovered from a harrowing first set to beat defending champion Steve Darcis 1-6 7-5 6-3 in the final of the Dutch Open.

It is a first title for world No.63 Montanes, who nearly paid the price for a slow start against Darcis, who was defending his first title won last year in Amersfoort.

The 27-year-old Spaniard fought his way back into the match after an early break in the second set and broke again early in the final set to clinch the title.

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