U.S. Open: Simon and Mathieu on the wire

The French Gilles Simon, head of series N.16, qualified Monday for the second round of the U.S. Open by beating American Michael Russell (107th globally), 7-6 (7/4), 3-6 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. The party lasted for 4h 26. Gilles Simon, 27, will face the giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic, the 75th player in the world today, or qualified Taiwanese Jimmy Wang (182nd) for a place in the third round of the last Grand Slam of the season.

Shortly after, Paul-Henri Mathieu managed to qualify for the second round back in a delay of two sets and saving two match against Russian Igor Andreev (97th worldwide). At Roland Garros, where the Alsatian 30 years had played three matches in five sets only four months after his return to the courts after a long absence through injury, “Paulo” showed character to win a memorable battle with a score of 2-6, 4-6, 7/6 (7/1), 7/6 (7/4), 6-1. The 128th world, former N.12 to ATP, dismissed two match points at 6-5 in the fourth inning with a service winner and an ace. Seven of the ten lights go. This strong performance was the highlight of the first day on the French side, where seven of the ten competing lights Monday have passed the 1st round. In the women’s division Marion Bartoli started the U.S. Open on the right foot with a victory over American Jamie Hampton 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). She would have had time to complete before a thunderstorm comes not interrupt the game for more than two hours. The French No.1, seeded N.11 meet in the next round Romina Oprandi of Switzerland, which has dominated in two sets (6-2, 7-5) Germany’s Andrea Petkovic.