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Updated: October 4, 2009 16:01 IST

Simon wins Thailand Open

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Gilles Simon holds the trophy after winning the ATP Thailand Open in Bangkok.
AP Gilles Simon holds the trophy after winning the ATP Thailand Open in Bangkok.

Gilles Simon of France won the Thailand Open on Sunday, defeating Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-3 in the final to capture his first ATP title of the year and sixth overall.

“I expected a very hard time on the court, and I had some (difficulty). It’s never easy to win a tournament,” said the second-seeded Gilles.

Troicki, seeded fourth, and Simon traded breaks late in the first set before the Frenchman broke when leading 6-5.

Simon decisively broke an error-prone Troicki to make it 4-2 in the second set.

The Frenchman won on his second match point when the Serbian hit a forehand return wide.

“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t win today,” said Troicki, who was striving to win his first title. “But Gilles played a great match and congratulations to him.”

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva watched the final from the VIP stand and then presented Simon with his trophy.

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