Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Marseille )
Gilles Simon meets Aljaz Bedene in the second-round of the 2020 Marseille Open. Will the Frenchman make it to the quarterfinals, or will the in form Bedene upset him?
Gilles Simon beat Harold Mayot in straight sets in the first round to book his spot in the second-round of the 2020 Marseille Open. Simon is an extremely experienced player and he is able to play incredible tennis when in France. Simon is known as a 'hacker' because he always returns the ball and makes his opponents play until they make a mistake. Simon will want to win yet another title here in Marseille and he is more than capable of doing so if he plays at his best. However, Simon faces a tough opponent in the second-round who has had some big victories under his belt in the last week.
Aljaz Bedene is having the week of his career at the moment. Bedene beat world No.6, Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets last week in Rotterdam, and in his first-round match here in Marseille he was able to come from a set down and beat Karen Khachanov. Bedene seems to have found his best tennis and he is looking increasingly tougher to beat. Bedene has nothing to lose, he shouldn't even be in this position in the first place and he is taking things as they come to him. Bedene will be playing without pressure in Marseille and this is dangerous for his opponents.
This will be the 4th meeting between both players, and shockingly, Gilles Simon has lost all of their prior encounters. Bedene seems to have Simon's number, however, this match will be much tighter than their prior ones. Simon is extra motivated when playing in France, especially in Marseille, and Bedene will have to play extremely well. This match could go either way, but I think the home crowd favourite Simon will eventually win.
Gilles Simon to win.