Good match overall and one of the best matches Gilles has played in a while - he was completely flawless aside from that one service game in set 2 (which he led 40-15). 32/23 for Simon and 32/37 for Tipsy.
Contrary to popular belief, Gilles isn't at his best when he is pushing. Today he was his usual defensive base, but he was constructing the points far better than usual and every couple of points he would inject massive pace into his strokes or else just change things up by approaching the net or serving and volleying. Tipsarevic just didn't know what to do. It was only some great serving and a lapse in Gilles' concentration that won him set 2.
Gilles was like four walls today. Hilarious returned smash followed by running down the drop volley to break for 5-1.
His anticipation was unreal in that point. First faked as if he was running into the open court when Tipsy was hitting the smash before standing his ground, then was sprinting for the drop volley a good second before Tipsy even hit it.