Result: Gilles Simon secures third round berth

France's Gilles Simon celebrates after winning his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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Gilles Simon books his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with victory over Paolo Lorenzi.

Gilles Simon booked his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with a hard-fought victory over Paolo Lorenzi.

The Frenchman won the first set 6-3, but Lorenzi came back hard in the second reversing the scoreline.

Both men battled hard in the third set but Simon showed his class by breaking the Italian and secured a 7-5 win in a match that last nearly two-and-a-half hours.

Simon will play fellow countryman Benoit Paire in the third round.

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