Wimbledon starts this Monday and we bring to you 7 first round matches that should be very interesting to watch!
7. Nicolás Almagro (Spain) vs Gilles Simon (France)
There isn’t a lot of facts to support why this match is on this list, because at the moment, Simon is ranked 13, and Almagro 145, but both are a perfect match for each other. Both these players are equally experienced and have enjoyed the same amount of success at different stages in their career. Both have won 12 singles titles and head-to-head, they have played 4 times, with 2 wins apiece, although they have never played each other on grass. Almagro may have slipped in the rankings now but 4 years back, both these players were in the top 10. On paper, one would say it’s Simon’s game to win, but Wimbledon is played on grass, not on paper!
Simon has a defensive play-style because of which he struggles on grass. Almagro, on the other hand, is more of an offensive player, but he too hasn’t had much success on grass. Both of them prefer to play on clay or hard-courts and rely heavily on their backhands.
Best Wimbledon results:
Almagro: 3rd Round (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Simon: 4th Round (2009)
Interesting fact: At the 2013 Australian Open, Simon played the longest rally ever played in a grand slam, against fellow Frenchman Gaël Monfils, with 71 shots.