Here's a link to a yahoo sports article on Gilles' win today. I wouldn't really call it an upset like they do since he was the number 2 seed but whatever.
Here's a nice tidbit for all the Simon haters out there quick to brush him off.
From the article --
Gilles Simon defeated defending champion and compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3 in the Metz Open final on Sunday to become the joint second most successful Frenchman of the open era with an 11th ATP Tour title. The 16th-ranked Simon has joined former world number four Guy Forget on the list. Former French Open champion Yannick Noah is the only Frenchman to have won more with 23 tournament wins since professionals were allowed to compete in 1968.
Here are a couple of what I think are significant quotes from him in the article.
"Yannick is still way ahead but I'm really happy joining Guy," Simon told a news conference."
"What makes me really proud is to have won a trophy for the seventh consecutive year."
So see guys, it's just as important to him as it is to us about keeping the streak of winning at least a trophy every year for the past seven years alive and well. I know some people didn't think it was a big deal if he kept it up or not but it clearly is a huge source of pride for him from his own words and I definitely share in that sentiment.
Also, I don't think it'll be long before he is firmly and solely sitting at number 2 all time winning frenchman and not having to share it with the likes of Forget. If he keeps the streak alive it will be sometime next year, or maybe sooner, when he wins his next title and leaves Forget in the dust.