Simon beats Bernard in Bangkok
Bernard Tomic has exited the Thailand Open in the second round after Gilles Simon won the 300th match of his career with a 6-4 7-5 win over the Aussie.
Simon, who flew to Asia immediately after defeating compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Metz title at the weekend, admitted that he did not know that he was on the cusp of a personal milestone.
“I must be getting older, I want to get to 400 now,” joked the 28-year-old, who became the ninth Frenchman in the post-1968 Open era to win at least 300 matches at tour level.
Simon began with an early break against Tomic, carrying that margin through the opening set, which he won in 43 minutes.
The French player earned the break for 6-5 in the second set as his Australian opponent put a return wide.
Simon closed out victory a game later, following another error from Tomic after 79 minutes.
On Friday, the world No.14 will face Dutchman Igor Sijsling, whom he defeated in their only previous meeting indoors in Metz three years ago.
Simon has now reached the quarterfinals or better nine times this season after winning his 34th match of the season against 20 losses.