[Yahoo] Simon advances to Valencia Open final (AP)

Rusty Backhand
04-15-2006, 05:31 PM
Gilles Simon of France defeated seventh-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (5) Saturday and advanced to the final of the Valencia Open. Simon will face either Marat Safin of Russia and Nicolas Almagro of Spain on Sunday. Simon will be aiming for his first ATP title. Safin reached the semifinals by defeating second-seeded Gaston Gaudio of Argentina 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.