AO 18 - 2nd round: Pablo Carreno Busta [10] vs. Gilles Simon

AO 18 - 2nd round: Pablo Carreno Busta [10] vs. Gilles Simon

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Simon in straight sets - I think he's rediscovered a bit of his old "magic", PCB still in a bit of a rut.
If i was a pro who ended my last season with a 6-3 6-0 loss to Chardy, i would have packed it in and found a new job.

Fair play to Simon for carrying on and starting the new season with a little run. Better on hardcourts than PCB, he's the favourite for this match.

Tennis wins.
So, great at puny Pune; tired or tank vs Jared at Sydney (???); then, "magical" vs Copil 1R. I am confuse.
He wasn't that magical against Copil, who was seriously poor. The big guy struggled all match with his movement, and was getting his feet "stuck" in the court too often. So off balance, it was hilarious, Simon just hitting down the middle of the court as well, still Copil struggled to get into position. Though he got trapped in Simon's web soon enough, which resulted in a racquet smash to my delight.
I actually really like Simon's brand of tennis. It's very unique.

I think he'll take this match, Busta has not been great recently and Simon is better on fast courts.
No way PCB is going to give any problems to Simon on HD. Simon in 3 (63 64 63)
He went to SFs at IW and USO on HCs and won his first title on HCs so classifying PCB as a clay specialist is not very accurate anymore. He is struggling since USO though so i favor Simon in this matchup.
Busta closes the set in 30+ minutes, 6- 2. Only Seppi's breadstick of Nishioka ended more quickly in the four matches started simultaneously. Not Simon's style yet.


What a shame for Simon who started out great earlier this year. Injury really does come at the worst of times.

Simon did not look as springy and mobile as he did in Pune which is where I suspect he got his injury from. PCB really picked on that fact today.