Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Simon beats Struff in 5 to give France 1-0 Davis Cup lead

Gilles Simon prevails in 5 sets over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany to give France 1-0 lead

Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff serves against France's Gilles Simon during a first round tennis Davis Cup match between Germany and France in Frankfurt,...

Germany Tennis Davis Cup France

Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff serves against France's Gilles Simon during a first round tennis Davis Cup match between Germany and France in Frankfurt,...

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Gilles Simon bounced back to outlast Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in five sets and give France a 1-0 lead in the first round of the Davis Cup on Friday.

Simon won 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-7 (1), 6-2, 10-8 in 4 hours, 24 minutes on the indoor hard court. The Frenchman used a series of unforced errors by Struff to break serve for a decisive 9-8 lead in the final set and served out the match.

Struff finished with 99 unforced errors to 81 winners. Simon had 60 winners but also fewer unforced errors at 75. Both men finished with 17 aces each.

Germany has not beaten France since 1938. France won in the quarterfinals last year, after losing the opening singles, and reached the final.


Updated : 2021-09-20 15:12 GMT+08:00