Karen Khachanov, Gilles Simon reach second round at Open Sud de France

ATP world number 64 Gilles Simon needed 2 hours, 20 minutes to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden in first round.

Published: 07th February 2018 04:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2018 04:06 PM   |  A+A-

ATP world number 64 Gilles Simon | AFP

By Associated Press

MONTPELLIER: Karen Khachanov of Russia reached the second round of the Open Sud de France on Tuesday by beating seventh-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4.

In their first career meeting, the 35-year-old Ferrer saved two match points while serving in the ninth game of the deciding set. But Khachanov served out the match and the 21-year-old Russian next plays Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.

Gilles Simon needed 2 hours, 20 minutes to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3). The veteran Frenchman next faces top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium. Simon leads Goffin 2-1 in head-to-head meetings.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy withstood 16 aces from 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win and next plays sixth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev.

Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner also advanced to set up a meeting with No. 2 Lucas Pouille.

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