As he draws his last cartridges and will retire at the end of the season, Gilles Simon, 37, delivered an impressively clean match against David Goffin on Tuesday in the first round of the ATP 250 tournament in Metz (6-3, 6-3 in 1h33).
Behind a first ball that often had the good taste to pass (72% in the first set), he put his tennis flat nicely paced and pushed David Goffin, who nevertheless precedes him by 113 places in the ATP ranking (62nd tale 175th ), starting too often at fault, when he did not cash a winning blow drawn with a line.
“I’m really surprised at my level today”
Gilles Simon himself admitted that he did not expect to play so well: “I didn’t miss and I managed to be just aggressive enough to stop him from doing what he wanted. I had great feelings and I’m really surprised at my level today. Especially against David, whom I find very strong since I saw him play on his debut. I said he would be the next player under 70 kg to break into the Top 10 and that’s what happened. »
To try to continue his Messina adventure, in a tournament which has been very successful for him in the past (3 titles, in 2010, 2013 and 2018), Gilles Simon will have to overcome, Thursday, with the tennis of the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, 65th player world champion and Russian Aslan Karatsev in the first round.