Simon tops Fognini for Bucharest title|
Bucharest, Romania (Sports Network) - Frenchman Gilles Simon captured his
third Bucharest title by beating Italian Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 6-3, Sunday in
the final of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis event.
Simon, the top seed, has won the Bucharest crown in each of his last three
visits, including 2007 and 2008. He's 15-1 all-time in the clay court
tournament and 4-0 lifetime against Fognini.
This was the 10th career championship for Simon, who has a title each season
for the past six years. This win netted him $95,000.
"I played a great match today. It was very difficult; Fabio played well and I
had to run a lot today," Simon said. "You really have the feeling that you are
never in control of the game. I'm always happy when I win a tournament like
this because sometimes people think it will be easy when you're the No. 1
seed, but on the court it's very close every time. I'm very proud to win this
tournament for the third time and to bring the trophy back home."
The 12th-ranked Frenchman had previously reached semifinals this year at
Brisbane to start the campaign and Montpellier in February, before another run
to the final four last week in Monte Carlo, where he fell to eventual champion
Fognini, who was sidelined earlier this year with a foot injury, played in his
first ATP final. He entered this event with a match record of just 2-5 in
"I'm upset because I lost the final," Fognini said. "I had my chances, but he
has played more finals than me and is more experienced. Maybe next time I will
have the chance to win the tournament. It's been a good week. I'm happy that I
played great tennis; it was just my third tournament after the injury."
04/29 12:27:21 ET