Second seed Kevin Anderson will face Frenchman Gilles Simon as he works his way to full fitness following elbow injury at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club on Wednesday, June 19. The timings of this match are yet to be decided. You can find the Kevin Anderson v Gilles Simon live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Kevin Anderson v Gilles Simon Head to Head
Anderson and Simon have played each other five times and it is the South African who has a commanding 4-1 lead in the series. Anderson won their most recent encounter in Pune earlier this year in straight sets. Of the five matches they have faced each other, one was on grass and incidentally at Queen’s four seasons ago. The big serving Anderson won in three sets.
Anderson Survives On His Return
Kevin Anderson withstood brave resistance from home favorite Cameron Norrie to book his spot in the second round of the Fever Tree Championships. The second seed aced his away to a 6-4 6-7 4-6 in two hours and 21 minutes. In total Anderson hit 19 aces and won over 90% of first serve points as he won his first match since beating Jordan Thompson at the Miami Masters on 26th March.
The big serving South African is playing in his first tournament since Miami as he nursed an elbow injury that forced him to miss a huge chunk of the first half of the season. Overall, Anderson has played just three tournaments this year prior to this week.
He won the Maharashtra Open in January which was his 6th career title on tour. A second round loss at the Australian Open followed and it was clear of the struggles Anderson was enduring. The 33-year-old has made clear that his elbow does not prohibit him from training, it is only the serve that has been affected.
Simon Also Dug Deep In A Three-Set Win
Kevin Anderson’s second round opponent Gilles Simon also found things difficult against another home hopeful James Ward. The Frenchman battled past the British qualifier 3-6 6-3 7-6 to deny Ward his first main draw win in four years.
Simon made a decent start to the season with back-to-back semifinals in Pune and Sydney, and a quarterfinal in Marseille to round off the first quarter of the year. But after reaching the semifinals at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco, the 34-year-old has had his fair share of poor results. He is yet to win consecutive matches on tour since that last four showing in Marrakesh.
The former World No.6 usually plays well on grass. He reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2015 but those days seem like a distant memory when Simon’s counter punching style was tailor made to frustrate his opponents on the fast lawns.
Anderson v Simon Predictions & Tips
This could be anyone’s game really. Anderson is just getting back from injury and was given a real scare by Cameron Norrie after such a rusty start. Simon didn’t look particularly encouraging either despite beating James Ward. I think each player will win a set in this one as it is tough to call on who will claim bragging rights.
Tip: Over 2.5 sets in the match: 5/4 (888Sport)