Marseille win is highlight of my life, says Simon

19th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Feb 18, 2007 (AFP) - France's Gilles Simon beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to win the 600,000-dollar ATP tournament here on Sunday.

MARSEILLE, France, Feb 18, 2007 (AFP) - France's Gilles Simon beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to win the 600,000-dollar ATP tournament here on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Simon, ranked 58th in the world but who had won only one match since last September and that was when his opponent withdrew, won the first ATP tournament of his career following victory over the seventh-seeded Baghdatis.

It was only his second ATP tour final following a defeat to Spain's Nicolas Almagro in Valencia last year.

Simon, who hails from Nice, just down the road from Marseille, returned impressively against an opponent who seemed to be drained from successive three-set battles against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny and Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

"I didn't have any specific tactics for this match. I just wanted to play my game, to show I can play solidly from the back court and that it would be difficult to beat me," said Simon.

"I've never been as happy as I was today. My family, friends, members of my tennis club at Fontenay, all the people who always believed in me were here."

Baghdatis admitted he could not find the same battling qualities that saw him through his previous two rounds.

"I was lacking in attitude," he said. "I wasn't there on the important points, I was a little tired mentally.

"I couldn't get into it. I didn't have what I needed to win the points. I didn't have the same desire of the previous days."

Simon became the second Frenchman to lift the title, following Arnaud Clement's win last year.


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