Si­mon up­set by Be­dene at Win­ston-Salem Open

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY BILL KISER

Top seed Gilles Si­mon of France was up­set by the United King­dom’s Al­jaz Be­dene, while two other high seeds sur­vived up­set bids on Tues­day dur­ing sec­ond-round play at the Win­ston-Salem Open.

Be­dene, ranked 58th in the world, bat­tled through tiebreak­ers in all three sets and match point in the third against the 11th-ranked Si­mon to win 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6).

Mean­while, 15th-ranked Kevin An­der­son of South Africa, the No. 2 seed, beat Kazahk­stan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Third-seeded Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga of France, ranked 19th, downed Uzbek­istan’s De­nis Is­tomin 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 at the Wake For­est Ten­nis Cen­ter in the fi­nal tuneup for next week’s U.S. Open.

It was Be­dene’s fourth ca­reer win over a Top 20 op­po­nent since turn­ing pro in 2008, and his third this sea­son. Be­fore Tues­day, Be­dene’s pre­vi­ous ca­reer best came against then-No. 14 Feli­ciano Lopez of Spain in the round of 16 in Chen­nai, In­dia, in Jan­uary.

“I haven’t beaten (some­one) in the top 10 yet, so this is my best win,” the 26-year-old Be­dene said. “It was tough. Gilles is known as one of the tough­est guys on the tour. Com­ing back af­ter los­ing the first set, and hav­ing served for it, is never easy. But I’m play­ing well. I can’t wait for my next match.”

His vic­tory came in just the 12th ATP World Tour match this sea­son to have tiebreak­ers in all three sets — three of those com­ing Tues­day at the Win­ston-Salem Open. Ear­lier in the day, Rus­sia’s Tey­mu­raz Gabashvili beat Aus­tralia’s Thanasi Kokki­nakis 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3); while Italy’s Si­mone Bol­leli needed just over 2{ hours to de­feat sev­enth-seeded Sam Quer­rey of the U.S., 7-6 (7), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9).

“(Si­mon) was re­turn­ing well, and I was re­turn­ing well,” Be­dene said. “We did not have so much ad­van­tage with our serve. Some­times there were games (40)-zero, some­times there were long ones.

“It was a close match — three tiebreaks. I don’t think I’ve ever played on the ATP Tour three tiebreaks.”

Si­mon had an op­por­tu­nity to close out the third-set tiebreaker and win the match, go­ing up 6-5 af­ter get­ting a mini­break on Be­dene’s serve. But Be­dene got his own mini-break to even the score at 6-6, then won the next two points.

“I had my chances to win this match,” Si­mon said. “But Al­jaz al­ways played some great shots in the right mo­ments to save some of them.

“I re­ally tried to put ev­ery­thing I had on the court to­day, but my game just wasn’t good enough and Al­jaz de­served to win.”

Si­mon and Quer­rey were among eight seeded play­ers to fall Tues­day. Tu­nisia’s Malek Jaziri up­set fourth-seeded Vik­tor Troicki of Ser­bia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Tai­wan’s Yen-Hsun Lu downed fifth-seeded Guillermo Gar­cia-Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-3; South Korea’s Hyeon Chung beat No. 9 seed Benoit Paire of France 6-1, 6-4; Spain’s Pablo Car­reno Busta de­feated 10th-seeded Joao Sousa of Por­tu­gal 6-4, 6-4; Ar­gentina’s Diego Schwartz­man downed 12thseeded Pablo An­du­jar of Spain 4-6, 7-5, 7-5; and France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert de­feated 14th-seeded Mar­cos Bagh­datis of

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