The 37-year-old Frenchman beat the American in three sets on Thursday to advance to the third round of Roland-Garros.
The fire does not seem to want to leave its legs, two days after its exploit against Pablo Carreno Busta. Gilles Simon took the measure of Steve Johnson, Thursday, May 26, and qualified for the third round of Roland-Garros (7-5, 6-1, 7-6 [8-6]). However, struck by a double break from the start, the Frenchman did not give up, reversing the trend before taking the first round.
Precise and applied, the Niçois was very close to inflicting a bubble on his opponent in the second set. At 37, the “survivor” resisted, was imperial in his movements and managed to doubt the American, who recorded 48 unforced errors. The Frenchman disposed of his opponent after 2h34 of play, carried by a boiling Philippe-Chatrier court.
For his 18th and last participation at Porte d’Auteuil, Gilles Simon offered himself a giant mark, that of 500 career victories. “Gillou” made his best start to the tournament since 2018, when he was knocked out in the third round by Kei Nishikori. This year, the French will try to go beyond this stage of the competition, facing a formidable opponent, the Croatian Marin Cilic.