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Simon to face Gasquet in all-French Bangkok final

7:46 AM, Sep 29, 2012   |    comments
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Bangkok, Thailand (Sports Network) - Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet were semifinal winners Saturday at the $551,000 Thailand Open tennis event.

Simon, the 2009 Bangkok champion, reached his second final of the year and 13th of his career with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over top seed Janko Tipsarevic. The fourth-seeded Simon improved to 5-1 lifetime against the Serbian, including 4-0 on hardcourts.

The 27-year-old Simon captured his 10th career title in Bucharest in late April.

Gasquet, meanwhile, came within two points of losing to seventh-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets, but the second seed recovered to beat the 2010 Bangkok runner-up 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

A two-time finalist this year, Gasquet will be vying for his seventh career title. He is 6-10 overall in finals and heads into Sunday's match with a significant edge, having won all five previous ATP Tour-level meetings against his countryman.

The 2012 winner of this tournament will collect $99,465.

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