Simon fought, but it can only get you so far. Lots of long rallies here, as was expected.
Simon was bad in the first set despite breaking once he lost his serve 3 times. The second set seemed to go in a similar fashion when Rafa broke for 2-0, but Simon regained his composure and broke back. Then it went pretty comfortably on serve, until 4*-5 Rafa serving when Simon got a set point at 30-40. Rafa took care of it however and took the long game. This seemed to unsettle Simon, who lost his serve and Rafa served out the set.
Rafa broke early in the third, but Simon broke back for 3-3. Then Simon faltered again at 5*-5 and Rafa took the break and duly served out.
Very often when Gilles lost the first point, he was broken to love or to 15, but when he won the first point, he usually held to love or 15
Gilles has a nice game IMO with mixing things up and generating surprising power for someone so skinny, but Rafa was too solid today. Gilles showed some patches of brilliance, but Rafa just wore him down. Gilles needs to work on his second serve, it's pretty poor. The first serve is okay IMO. His net game also needs improvement.
Let's hope that Nando makes it a match against Rafa.
PS: Sry for the early post, didn't think Simon would challenge the call, it was so clear