Improving Simon just not Quite There

World number 13 Gilles Simon is increasingly becoming a good tennis bet to make the finals stages of ATP tournaments after the Frenchman reached his second semi-final berth of the season last month in Marseilles.
Simon, 28, is yet to win a title this term but has made an impressive start to 2013 that should put him in good stead heading into the rest of the year.
He has reached two semis and two quarter-finals from six tournaments this winter and was expected to make the last eight in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this week.
However, in a shock result he crashed out of the fourth round 6-3 1-6 6-4 to the unseeded Kevin Anderson – a freak result that shouldn’t deter betting fans from siding with him in the future.
For although Simon’s defeat to Anderson exposed his limitations of one day winning a Grand Slam, he is nonetheless still capable of making finals stages at Roland Garros and SW19, as the latest Betfair Wimbledon odds suggests.
He struggled from the off against his South African opponent and was broken early, Anderson far more adept to nailing his serves at crucial points in the first set.
Simon proved his ability to take control with a neat demolition of his opponent in the second, but a frustrating break in the third set was enough to see him limp out of Indian Wells before fans in the betting world really got to see him play.
Credit must go to Anderson, who has made the most of his good form heading into the BNP Paribas Open, but fans are right to be frustrated with Simon’s defeat.
The manner of his loss wasn’t the best but don’t be deterred over one result. Come the French Open betting fans would be wise to side with Simon to make the quarters in the comfort of home surroundings – the Frenchman more than capable of making finals stages in majors so long as he capitalises on the advantages he earns.