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January 31,2023

Tursunov upsets Tipsarevic in Marseille, Simon eases through to QFs

Gilles Simon ensured that at least one Frenchman would be successful on Day 4 of the Open 13 as he saw off Roberto Bautista-Agut with ease in just over an hour, winning 6-3 6-1. The Spaniard struggled to hold his serve all day and would begin badly dropping serve in the first game of the match. Simon would break once more for a *4-1 lead only to hand it back but it would matter little as Bautista-Agut was incapable of holding serve as the two players saw five breaks of serve in a row to end the set which Simon finally took 6-3.

After Simon was broken to open the second set, it looked like Bautista-Agut would fight his way back into the match but it was all false hope as Simon would break back on his way to sweeping the rest of the set to complete a very easy victory.

More shockingly, veteran Dmitry Tursunov defeated Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets 7-6(4) 6-2. Tipsarevic dictated proceedings for much of the first set but couldn’t take advantage of any of the four break point opportunities on offer so would have to settle for a tie break. He dropped just four points on serve in the set but would lose two in just the tie break, the all important one coming early at 1-1. Tursunov would eventually clinch the tie break 7-4 to take a set lead.

A disheartened Tipsarevic would drop serve to love to begin the set and could have been a double break down minutes later if not for saving two more break points. However, Tursunov would ensure he had the insurance break the next time round to take a 4-1 lead and that would be more than enough for the Russian to hold on to as he closed out with two love holds for what turned out to be an easy second set in the end.

Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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