Simon moves into Bucharest semis, Balazs beats Malisse

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Two times Bucharest champion Gilles Simon of France secured his spot in Saturday’s semifinals after he defeated Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 3-6  6-1  6-3.

First seed Simon converted 6 out of 15 break points and after a slow start he took control of the match, winning in 2 hours and 13 minutes.

Simon’s semifinal opponent will be Matthias Bachinger of Germany, who beat fellow qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4  6-1.

Hungarian qualifier Atilla Balazs is on a good run at this year’s tournament. He booked his place in the semis with a victory over Belgian Xavier Malisse, winning in three sets 4-6  6-3  6-4.

Balazs will play for a final spot against Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who dismissed fellow countryman Andreas Seppi 6-4  6-7 (4)  6-4.

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