Pella vs. Simon
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 25, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Gilles Simon and Guido Pella square off early in the second round of the 2016 French Open.
Gilles Simon is coming off a straight sets win over Rogerio Dutra Silva that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Simon won 59 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Simon is capable of being better with his service game, but he had just 28 unforced errors and was consistent with his return. Simon lost just six games in his final two sets and has to be pleased with such a quick match given he’s capable of playing even better. Simon has made the third round of a grand slam in eight of his last nine appearances. Simon has been eliminated before the third round of a grand slam just twice since 2013.
Guido Pella is coming off a four set victory over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Pella won 75 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Pella played an overall clean match with just 22 unforced errors, and he won the final two sets while losing just five games. Pella has a shot to advance if he can continue to get 72 percent of his first serves in play. Pella seems to be gaining confidence with each match and is inching closer to having his breakout season at 26 years old, as he’s been consistently a top-50 player this year. Pella has never made the third round of a grand slam before.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
This has a chance to be a really good match that could go four or five sets if both guys bring their current form to the table. I like what I’m seeing from Pella and expect him to win a set and compete hard in this match. However, Simon is just too experienced and is winning match without playing his best.
If needed, Simon will turn things up and in the end get the victory here. He’s just too consistent in grand slams.