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The Associated Press essentially called Simon a "pusher"

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TORONTO -- Gilles Simon of France advanced to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Croatia's Marin Cilic on Friday.

Simon, ranked 22nd in the world, has already beaten top seed Roger Federer, American qualifier Donald Young and Argentina's Jose Acasuso in the tournament.

The match was far from a classic. The players combined for 104 unforced errors, including 64 by Cilic. The 19-year-old Cilic fired 37 winners, while Simon connected on just 15 -- but that's his game. He kept the ball in play and waited for Cilic to make mistakes, which he frequently did.

The match didn't quite capture the imaginations of the center-court fans at the Rexall Centre, who were relatively quiet throughout.
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simon is a pusher and in todays era of brainless ball bashing and no Plan B,that is very smart of Simon.
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Well, he is a bit of a pusher, isn't he? In the matches I've seen this week, he's just been getting the ball in the court and waiting for his opponent to miss, rather than going for winners himself.
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He is winning with "his game." can't deny that..

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let's give some credit to simon, being a pusher isn't easy definitely, at the very least it means he is very consistent
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That is his game. He keeps the ball in play and frustrates opponents.
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Rain is wet.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Simon plays tennis adequate to his physique.

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Simon plays tennis adequate to his physique.
Oli Rochus is smaller and plays more agressive than Simon.
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Expected. In an era when the vast majority play from the baseline, you're going to get a split between aggressive baseliners and defensive baseliners, and most players can be loosely grouped into one category or the other. Simon is at a more extreme end of the spectrum in terms of defensive baseliners though. Most baseliners who are essentially defensive show a little more aggression at times than Simon usually does.
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Wouldn't it be nice if the sports "journalists" omitted their editorial comments disguised as reporting?
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Expected. In an era when the vast majority play from the baseline, you're going to get a split between aggressive baseliners and defensive baseliners, and most players can be loosely grouped into one category or the other. Simon is at a more extreme end of the spectrum in terms of defensive baselines though. Most baselines who are essentially defensive show a little more aggression at times than Simon usually does.

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simon is a pusher and in todays era of brainless ball bashing and no Plan B,that is very smart of Simon.
i don't like his game but his survival shows that brainless ball bashing owns tennis, both tours. He reminds me of Hingis

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Oli Rochus is smaller and plays more agressive than Simon.
Rochus has completely different body building. According to atptennis.com the Belg weights exactly the same what Simon although is 13-15 cm shorter. Rochus is so small that he wouldn't be a pusher on this level.

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