French tennis superstar, Gilles Simon has made it into the semifinal of the 2019 ATP Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco. At this stage of the tournament, Gilles Simon will play against Pablo Andújar from Spain.
Pablo Andújar received a free pass through the quarterfinals after his opponent retired prior to the start of the match. In his last outing, Pablo Andújar beat the number 7 seed in straight sets. During the win, Andújar served exceptionally well as he won 65% of his service points which allowed him to win 91% of his service games. Andújar also won 2 break points during the win. Pablo Andújar is the reigning champion at this event so he will be very determined to defend his title. This will be a much tougher match for Pablo Andújar as he is playing against the number 4 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Gilles Simon won his previous match in straight sets against Taro Daniels from Japan. Gilles Simon was exceptional while receiving serve as the Frenchman won 48% of his return points. Gilles Simon won 5 breakpoints and 8 service games to set up a comfortable win. Simon has an exceptional record at this tournament as he won the Grand Prix Hassan II in 2008. Simon’s form and experience will make him hard to beat.
Gilles Simon and Pablo Andújar have played 3 times in the past. As it currently stands, Pablo Andújar has beaten Simon twice while Simon has beaten Pablo Andújar once. The most recent match between these two players was 2014 where Pablo Andújar won after Gilles Simon retired during the second set.
Looking at this match, I am going to pick Gilles Simon to win. Simon is the stronger player and his record at this venue is very strong. Pablo Andújar is the reigning champion but the Spaniard is not playing at the same level as last season. Gilles Simon had a strong win in the previous round I see him continuing in a similar manner by winning this match with some ease.