Simon Records 450th Match Win In Antwerp; Tsonga Advances
Tsonga, Monfils advance and will face each other in R2
France’s Gilles Simon recorded the 450th match win of his career on Tuesday by beating qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-0, 6-4 in 63 minutes at the European Open. Fourth seed Simon, a winner of ATP World Tour titles this year at the Tata Open Maharashtra (d. Anderson) and the Moselle Open (d. Bachinger), is now 29-20 in 2018.
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Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, playing in his second tournament since undergoing left knee surgery on 3 April, hit 12 aces and beat Argentina Guido Pella 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(5). Tsonga will next meet countryman Gael Monfils. The sixth seed dismissed Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-0, 6-3 in only 65 minutes.
Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, who broke into the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings on 13 August, edged past eighth seed Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6(5), 7-6(8) in one hour and 49 minutes. Ivashka, who won 82 per cent of his first-service points, fought back from a 1-4 deficit in the second set and closed out on his fifth match point. Haase, who struck 11 aces, won 80 per cent of his first-service points.