Simon battles to reach Thailand Open title match

BANGKOK — Gilles Simon upset top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to set up an all-French final against Richard Gasquet at the Thailand Open.

Gasquet rallied from a set and two breaks down to beat Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 after the Finn failed to serve out the match when leading 5-4 in the second set.

The fourth-seeded Simon won the title here in 2009 and improved his head-to-head record against Tipsarevic to 5-1. He broke the Serb in his first service game and then saved a break point in the 10th game before clinching the set when Tipsarevic netted a forehand.

The Frenchman then broke for a 5-4 lead in the second after winning a Hawk-Eye challenge on his fourth break point, as the replay system showed his forehand winner clipped the line.

Pan Pacific Open

At Tokyo, Russia's Nadia Petrova beat defending champion Agnieska Radwanska 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open.

Radwanska double faulted twice in the eighth game of the last set when Petrova broke her to go ahead 5-3 before winning the match in the next game with a smash to the corner.

Malaysian Open

At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, second-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina outlasted Kei Nishikori of Japan, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4) to reach the final of the Malaysian Open.

Nishikori led 5-2 in the third set before Monaco fought back to win a match that lasted 2 hours, 42 minutes at Kuala Lumpur's Putra Stadium.


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