The top seeds at this week’s tennis tournaments continue to fall as Andy Murray was ousted from the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Friday by an unlikely adversary in Gilles Simon.
Simon, who previously held a 1-12 record against Murray, including 12 consecutive losses, defeated the world No. 4 in straight sets to advance to a semi-final contest against Tomas Berdych.
“It was a great match for me,” said Simon. “I lost 12 times against him, so it was almost an unexpected win. I had a better feeling against him the last two matches I had to play. I was twice one set and a break up, I really felt I was close to win, and I think it helped me to be more confident today.”
It was a surprisingly straightforward affair, as Simon ousted Murray 6-4,6-2 in 86 minutes. The British No. 1 played far from his best tennis.
“I struggled with most of the shots, to be honest,” said Murray. “At the beginning of the match my backhand, at the end of the match my forehand. It was tough. I felt I was hitting the ball too early. I felt my timing was a bit off.”
Simon will go on to face Tomas Berdych, who stormed into the final four with a 6-1,6-4 victory in 1 hour and 12 minutes.
“It was a very good game,” said Berdych. “I was able to add something extra from the last match I played yesterday, which was a goal. I was able to keep up with the game plan, which was rightly chosen. I was able to execute it all the way to the last point. As we all know, it’s Gael, who’s not an easy opponent. I’m really happy the way I handled it in those two sets.”