Nole struggles to reach 3rd round vs Simon

Novak defeated Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Tuesday evening in the second round of the Cincinatti Open in two hours and 10 minutes.

Novak rallied from a break down in the opening set to take it 6-3 in 29 minutes.

He was 4-2 up in the second set, but surrendered four games in a row, letting the Frenchman come back into the match.

Nole failed to convert six break points in the first game of the deciding third set. He managed to capitalise on his chance in the seventh game and saved a break point. And when he was about to serve for the match it was a few minutes of rain delay but he managed to hold his serve and win the match.

Novak will face on Thursday the winner between Tommy Robredo and Sam Querrey.


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