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Simon struggles against Lu in tough Thai match

AFP, BANGKOK

Gilles Simon of France needed nearly three hours to edge out Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4 in his opening match at the Thailand Open on Wednesday.

“I was down a set and a break and he had points for 5-2,” said third-seed Simon, who is now through to the quarter-finals. “It was an amazing match. His level was really high and I had the sensation that I was also playing well.”

The match was only decided in the closing moments as Simon, the world No. 12, earned a break to go 5-4 up, before serving out the victory against a player ranked 56 places below him.

“I was almost on the plane back home at one point. I’m very happy to win this match,” the Frenchman said.

Simon will meet Matthias Bachinger in the quarter-finals today. The unseeded German beat Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Defending champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez crashed out yesterday as second seed Gael Monfils survived a scare to win in three sets.

Spain’s Garcia-Lopez, the fourth seed, was stunned by US outsider Donald Young, ranked 55, who won 6-1, 6-7 (0/7), 7-5 after a match -lasting more than two-and-a-half hours.

Young will play in only his third career quarter-final at the ATP level when he meets Japan’s Go Soeda, who put out German Tobias Kamke 6-2, 7-6 (9/7).

Murray was due to begin his campaign at the event, where he finished runner-up six years ago to Roger Federer, against German Michael Berrer.

? MALAYSIAN OPEN

AFP, KUALA LUMPUR

Serbia’s Viktor Troicki swept into the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open in straight sets yesterday, joined by former champion Nikolay Davydenko in the last eight.

Second seed Troicki beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-4, while 2009 champion Davydenko put out Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) indoors at the Putra Stadium.

Troicki, a member of the Serbian team that lost to Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-finals, earned revenge for a defeat at the hands of Istomin in last year’s New Haven semi-finals.

“I lost to him in a strange match last year. I knew I had to play more offensive and take my chances when they came,” said the 15th-ranked Serb, who is next scheduled to face Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

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