Like Tsonga, Pouille or even Gaston, Gilles Simon was eliminated in the first round in Montpellier, victim of Dennis Novak.
After his entry exit at the Australian Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas, which followed an elimination in the second round of the Murray River Open against Jérémy Chardy, Gilles Simon hoped to start his season in Montpellier. But the Niçois will go no further than the first round of the Open Sud de France after his defeat in three rounds against the Austrian Dennis Novak.
After an indecisive start, during which the two players lost their faceoff twice, only Gilles Simon had break points in the eleventh game but without converting them. First in favor of the Frenchman, the decisive game finally saw Dennis Novak win five consecutive points to make the difference. Back to the wall, the 68th in the world raised the tone and, winning five games in a row, stuck to the score in less than 40 minutes.
Well launched in the last round with the break from the third game, Gilles Simon saw the 102nd world pick up immediately before offering himself a new break point on the Frenchman’s next throw-in. The latter finally gave in in the eighth game. Not without having fought and having let a break ball escape, the Niçois bowed (7-6, 1-6, 6-3 in 2h34 ‘). Dennis Novak will therefore be the opponent of Dusan Lajovic, seeded number 3, in the second round in Montpellier.
The sweet taste of victory 👀
Dennis Novak comes through a drama-filled match in Montpellier, defeating Simon 7-6 1-6 6-3 in just over 2 hours 30 minutes… # OSDF21 pic.twitter.com/u5JK0c60ZU
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 23, 2021