Here are the live comments from eurosport.com (http://eurosport.com/tennis/
) In bold is the "shorts-tearing" incident:
14:52 Gaudio hits the net and Simon goes through to meet Max Mirnyi, who earlier beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-2 6-2! Great stuff from the young Frenchman!
14:51 Simon with three match points now!
14:51 Simon goes on to break! He'll now serve for the set!
14:51 Gaudio in trouble! He loses the point and rips his shorts off in frustration! Never seeen that before! How odd... there's a break in play as he changes them!
14:40 Simon gives all he has and levels the scoreline for 4-4!! Gaudio unable to keep his standard of play and Simon took full advantage mixing balls and coming to the net more
14:35 Simon holds to 30 to come back at 4-3
14:30 Simon breaks back as Gaudio's nerves took control of him after a bad call
14:26 Gaudio saves a break point with a backhand winner for 4-1
14:15 Simon holds to 15 for 3-1
14:09 Gaudio confirms the break for a 3-0 lead
14:06 Gaudio breaks to 30 for a 2-0 lead...The Argentine manage to put Simon far from he baseline with his backhand , and then can hit the ball wherever he wants
14:02 Gaudio opens the third set scoreboard with three backhand winners
13:57 Gaudio manages to level at one set apiece, taking the second set 6-3...Gaudio was more consistent with his serves, while Simon's first serve% has droped
13:50 Simon holds to 30 to come back at 5-3
13:46 Gaudio confirms the break for a 4-2 lead
13:40 Gaudio claims third successive break in this set for 3-2...Returners prevail!!
13:38 Simon breaks back to level the scoreline for 2-2
13:36 Gaudio breaks to 30 for a 2-1 lead
13:32 Gaudio saves a break point with a drop shot to level the scoreline
13:26 Simon opens the second set scoreboard with a forehand winner
13:22 Simon takes the opening set 6-4!! It's a big surprise because Gaudio started with a break in advance, but Simon found a way to play on Gaudio's forehand and make winners when he needed it the most
13:18 Simon holds to 15 for a 5-4 lead
13:13 Gaudio back at 4-4...Simon had a break point for 5-3 but couldn't close the game!!
13:04 Simon hits two winners to take the lead for the first time in the match for 4-3
12:59 Simon breaks back to tie the score at 3-3
12:52 Simon takes a love game to come back at 3-2
12:50 Gaudio holds to 15 for a 3-1 lead
12:45 Simon holds to 15 for 2-1
12:41 Gaudio confirms his break for a 2-0 lead
12:38 Gaudio makes the early break with Simon's lack of first serves
12:34 First meeting between Simon and Gaudio
12:34 Simon: 2006 Best performance: Finalist in Valencia
12:34 Gaudio: 2006 Best performance: semifinalist in Monte Carlo and Acapulco
12:34 Coming up: Simon v Gaudio
I haven't seen the match (hope they'll show a replay), but agonized over the live scores and comments. I thought he had it by the third set. But, oh well, on to the French Open, where miracles never cease...