Result: Gilles Simon comeback denies Jesse Levine

Frenchman Gilles Simon in action during the second round of the Australian Open on January 17, 2013
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Gilles Simon survives a shaky start to edge past Jesse Levine in four sets in round two of the Australian Open.

Fourteenth seed Gilles Simon was forced to come from a set down to claim a place in the Australian Open third round this morning.

Levine was looking to get past the second round in Melbourne for the first time and made a promising start, claiming the opening set 6-2 to take the lead.

Simon responded to level the match in the next set, breaking twice in the second with a resolute display at the baseline.

The Frenchman was pushed all the way in a pivotal third set, with Levine rediscovering his form on serve to take it to a tie-breaker.

Both players tightened up under pressure but it was Levine who buckled, dropping crucial points on serve to hand Simon the third set and with it the initiative.

Levine looked dejected and was broken twice in the fourth as Simon finished the job in just under three hours, winning the contest 2-6 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2.

Compatriot Gael Monfils or Lu Yen-Hsun await Simon in the last 32 this weekend.

France's Gilles Simon hits a shot during his match with Filippo Volandri during the first round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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