A fifth meeting between Gilles Simon and Marin Cilic is scheduled to take place in the fourth round of the United States Open on Tuesday afternoon. The towering Croat is yet to earn his first win over the Frenchman, as Simon leads the head-to-head series 4-0, including a win earlier this year at the Australian Open. Check out the Cilic vs Simon Head to Head matches.
In undoubtedly the biggest upset yet on the men’s side of the draw, Gilles Simon upset David Ferrer in four sets to reach the fourth round of the tournament. The Spaniard played a surprisingly inconsistent match from the start and racked up a total of 52 unforced errors, which greatly helped the Frenchman’s cause in their match on Louis Armstrong. Simon eventually closed out the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the second time in his career.
“I feel it was one of the hardest days for me on the court because it was hot and it was so humid,” said Simon. “I never sweated like this in the past ten years! To play David in these conditions is really demanding physically. At one point I was really tired. I felt it would be difficult. But then I had more energy and I felt he was in trouble. It’s not very often that he and I are tired like this after just two hours.”
Marin Cilic also needed four sets to secure his spot in the final 16 at the US Open. His win came against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who he defeated 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Similar to Simon’s match, Cilic was able to take advantage of 53 unforced errors from Anderson to help secure his victory.
Cilic is in quite a dilemma: if he is to reach the US Open quarter-final once again, he will need to pick up his first ever win over Simon, who he trails 0-4 in the series. Simon is riding high off his recent win over Ferrer and will be well rested and ready for this contest.
Prediction: Gilles Simon in Four Sets