Simon and Verdasco enter third round of US Open

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Both Gilles Simon and Fernando Verdasco dropped a set in second round of US Open, but are through to next round where they will play Fish and Federer.

Sixteenth seed Simon did not produce his best tennis against World No. 182 Jimmy Wang from Chinese Taipei, but it was convincing enough to proceed into the next round. The first set was level until 4-4 when Simon broke his opponent to love and wrapped up the set with his next service game. Both of the players were hundred percent effective in converting their break points in the second set, in which Simon managed to break back twice before giving away yet another serve in the last game of the set. He was much more consistent in the third set as he held on to all of his serves and went 2-1 up by taking two games to love in a row. Wang was holding a 3-0 lead in the fourth set, but was unable to keep the advantage. Simon turned around the set to grab a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

25th-seeded Verdasco needed four sets and little more than four hours to overcome fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos. Each of the first three sets lasted more than one hour and two of them ended in tiebreaks which were won by the slightly more consistent Verdasco. This must have given him a psychological advantage in the fourth set, where he was constantly a break ahead of his opponent. He converted his first match ball to achieve 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory. Both players can be proud of conceding relatively small amount of unforced errors (11-7 from Ramos’s point of view), but will not be happy about gifting their opponent the exact same number of points with double faults.

Verdasco is facing a much tougher challenge in third round with five-time US Open champion Roger Federer standing on the other side of the net. Simon will try to squeeze through to fourth round by playing Mardy Fish.

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