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Result: Gilles Simon beats Mikhail Youzhny to grab third-round spot in Rome Masters

Result: Simon grabs third-round spot
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Gilles Simon reaches the third round of the Rome Masters with a straight-sets victory over Mikhail Youzhny.

Gilles Simon has reached the third round of the Rome Masters courtesy of a tough 7-5 6-3 battle against Mikhail Youzhny.

The Frenchman came out on top in the first set following a difficult contest with Youzhny, who displayed some impressive forehands and return shots across the clay court.

Despite some positive play, it was Simon who snatched a vital break of serve to push on and wrap up the opening set in Italy.

The second set was a tight affair yet again, as both players were able to hold their service games, but eventually Simon took the advantage by grabbing a break point and swaying the momentum his way.

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