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Gilles Simon vs Kevin Anderson Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Simon and Anderson battle for inaugural ATP Pune title

Leye Aduloju 6 Jan 2018
  • Gilles Simon vs Kevin Anderson is live from Pune from 5:00pm local time/ 11:30 GMT
  • Anderson has a perfect 3-0 record over Simon
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Pune at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Gilles Simon (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Big-serving Kevin Anderson takes on the counterpunching Gilles Simon in the final of the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune as the inaugural edition of the tournament reaches its conclusion today.

Gilles Simon vs Kevin Anderson Tata Open Maharashtra tennis is live from Pune on Saturday, 6 January from 5:00pm local time/ 11:30GMT 
Watch and bet on tennis live from Pune at Unibet > live streaming > tennis



It has been a resurgent week for Simon, who has taken down a couple of high-quality opposition to advance to his first ATP final since Metz in 2015, when he lost t Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the title match. Simon is a 12-time ATP titlist, and a former world number six, but he appeared to be on the decline when he drifted out of the top 90 at the end of last season, having started the year just outside the top-20. Whether his run in Pune sparks a sustained revival remains to be seen, but the 33-year-old has definitely provided plenty of evidence this week that he can still compete at the highest level.

Simon made just two quarter finals in 2016- in relatively minor meets in Marseille and Lyon, while he also reached the third round at the Australian Open and the Shanghai Masters later in the year. There was nothing else apart from that, as he failed to win consecutive matches in any other tournament.

The Frenchman opened his Pune campaign with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Tenys Sandgren, before taking down Roberto Bautista-Agut in the second round. He eased past Roberto Ojeda Lara in the quarter finals, and then registered a huge win over the tournament’s top seed, Marin Cilic. Things looked dodgy when Cilic raced through the opening set 6-1, but Simon, who had won five of his previous six matches against the Croatian, hit back to dominate the rest of the contest, completing a 1-6 6-3 6-2 victory after an hour and 53 minutes. 

Out to deny Simon his first title since February 2015 is Kevin Anderson, who is also looking to end his own title drought- the big South African last tasted ATP success at Winston-Salem in 2015. It was soon after that triumph that Anderson broke into the top ten for the first time in his career, but his progress was derailed by an injury-afflicted 2016, during which he dropped out of the top 70 at some point.

Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
After a slow start to 2017, Anderson launched a resurgence, posting decent results on clay and grass, but it wasn’t until the season returned to hard courts that he really started motoring. Anderson bagged a runner-up finish in Washington, made the quarter finals in Montreal, and crowned it all with a superb run to the US Open final. The draw might have been decimated by withdrawals and injuries, but you still have to be good enough to make it count, Anderson was definitely good enough! He rather tailed off after that though, winning just three of his last eight matches for the season.

He probably switched off after the US Open, but he has had to be alert in Pune this week, coming through three difficult matches to take his place in the final. Anderson survived a tough battle in his tournament opener against Thiago Monteiro, with the Brazilian retiring hurt while trailing 6-7 2-3. Anderson went on to dig out a couple of three setters against Mikhail Kukushkin and Benoit Paire. There is a recurring them about those two matches- the South African dropped the opening set on a tie break, hit back to take a tight second set, before racing through the decider. Will he be allowed that luxury by an in-form Simon?

The South African has a perfect 3-0 record against Simon, with victories at Indian Wells 2013, Queen’s in 2015 and Tokyo last year. Two of those three matches have gone the distance. 

Given the form Simon has been in this week, particularly how well he tamed Cilic in the semi-finals, Anderson will have to serve at a very high percentage to avoid getting into a baseline tangle with the Frenchman. He will not win many baseline exchanges against Simon. The Frenchman is the sort of opponent that can get under Anderson’s skin, and trust him ask the question of Anderson by getting so many balls back over the net until he either draws the error, or unfurls those sudden winners. Anderson can go out there and serve up a storm, and he is the favourite on paper and history, but given the way Simon has played so far this week, he has got every chance of counterpunching his way to the title on Saturday.

Gilles Simon vs Kevin Anderson is live from Pune on Saturday, 6 January from 5:00pm local time/ 11:30 GMT. Watch and bet on the match live at Unibet > live streaming > Gilles Simon vs Kevin Anderson


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Gilles Simon vs Kevin Anderson Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Simon and Anderson battle for inaugural ATP Pune title

Big-serving Kevin Anderson takes on the counterpunching Gilles Simon in the final of the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune as the inaugural edition of the tournament reaches its conclusion today.

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