Ryan Harrison vs. Gilles Simon
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 21, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Gilles Simon and Ryan Harrison meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Winston-Salem Open.
Gilles Simon enters this tournament on a three-match losing streak and has lost six of his last nine matches overall. Needless to say, Simon has seen better days, and he’s coming off a match in which he had eight double faults and struggled big time with his return. Simon has lost seven of the last nine sets he’s played, and he’s played just two matches since the Wimbledon. The good news is Simon will return to hard court, a surface he’s had a lot of career success on, so if there was ever a time to snap out of this funk, it would probably start here. Simon have lost four of their last five matches on hard court.
Ryan Harrison is coming off a straight sets win over Borna Gojo that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Harrison won 78 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Harrison won 76 percent of his total service points and produced 12 aces in his rather easy victory. Harrison got 67 percent of his first serves in play and saved all three of his break points. If Harrison is going to hit the ball like that and can come close to repeating such a showing, he’s going to give himself a serious chance to make a deep tournament run. Harrison has now won eight of his last 11 matches when you include qualifying. Harrison has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Simon has won all three matches. All three meetings took place in 2012, with the most recent being in the French Open.
Simon has beaten Harrison in all three matches, but both players are in completely different spaces at the moment. Simon is in full struggle mode, and Harrison is playing quite well and on American soil. Harrison is also a much different player now than he was six years ago, as he’s now one of the better US players in the world and did make the final in his last US appearance.