Kevin Anderson vs. Gilles Simon
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
G. Simon +175 / K. Anderson -250
South African tennis superstar, Kevin Anderson marked his return with a victory as he earned himself a spot in the second round of the 2019 ATP Queen’s Club Championship in London. At this stage of the tournament, Kevin Anderson will play against Gilles Simon from France.
Gilles Simon defeated James Ward in 3 sets in the previous round. It was a poor start to the match by Simon as he lost the opening set but the Frenchman fought back strongly to win the second set 6-3. The final set was decided via a tiebreaker which Simon won comfortably. It has not been the best 2019 season for Gilles Simon as he has only won 53% of his matches. Simon has lacked the consistency he has shown in previous years and that has resulted in poor performances. During the win against Ward, Simon struggled with his serve as he had a first serve percentage of only 55%. Grass is one of Gilles Simon’s weaker surfaces so it will be tough for the Frenchman to compete against the number 2 seed.
Kevin Anderson also won his previous match in 3 sets as he defeated Cameron Norrie. It was understandable that Anderson had a slow start since the South African had not been in action for many weeks. Kevin Anderson lost the opening set 6-4 but fought back extremely well to win the second set via a tiebreaker. The final set was all Anderson as he won 6-4 to secure the victory. Anderson progressively got better during the match against Norrie and he should be close to his best as he enters this match. Kevin Anderson has a good record on grass as he finished second at Wimbledon last season.
Kevin Anderson and Gilles Simon have played 5 times in the past. Anderson has won on 4 occasions while Simon has won once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season in Chennai where Kevin Anderson won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am picking Kevin Anderson to win this match. Gilles Simon has not been at his best in recent weeks and he looked shaky during his previous match. Anderson may still be regaining match fitness but the South African looked very good during the final parts of his previous match and I see him having enough to defeat Gilles Simon.