Result: Gilles Simon falls early in Monte Carlo

Frenchman Gilles Simon during his fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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Frenchman Gilles Simon loses to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

World number 13 Gilles Simon suffered a 6-3 7-6 defeat to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters this afternoon.

Spain's Bautista-Agut began the clay encounter the sharper of the two players and having broken Simon's service early on, he went on to record a 6-3 success in the opening set.

Another break followed in the second set, which saw the world number 52 open up a 4-2 advantage.

However, Simon responded on this occasion to level up the scores at four games apiece. Breaks were then exchanged between the two players, which ended with the set entering a tie-breaker.

Bautista-Agut took control of the breaker immediately and he soon found himself with four match points. Simon saved all of those, but he was eventually defeated 8-6.

He will now face either Florian Mayer or Benjamin Balleret in the next round.

Gilles Simon
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