The first-round action of the second version of the Cologne Open will see Gilles Simon of France, the world number 57, take on Jordan Thompson of Australia, currently ranked 59th on Monday, October 19. The match is likely to start sometime after 12 pm local time (11 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Gilles Simon v Jordan Thompson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gilles Simon v Jordan Thompson Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 35-year-old Frenchman, and the Australian, who is nine years his junior.
Simon Last Run Ended by Second Seed
Simon, who is now entering the veteran stage of his career, reached the second round in Cologne last week.
He began his campaign with a fine win over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, the world number 50, claiming victory in straights sets for the loss of just three games, and without once dropping his serve.
However, his run was ended by the second seed, Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, although he put up a good fight against the world number 13.
The first set saw both men struggle to hold serve, but the Spaniard took it by virtue of the fact that he dropped his less times than Simon.
That pattern continued in the second set, but, this time, it went to a tie-break.
Simon actually got his nose in front at one stage in the breaker and had a chance to level the match, but then dropped his next two service points at the most inopportune time, and the Spaniard was able to serve out.
Thompson Looking to Improve after Novak Defeat
Thompson will be looking to improve in Cologne on last week where he failed to progress beyond the first-round, beaten by the Austrian Denis Novak, in a match that lasted just an hour and 17 minutes.
Thompson started badly, dropping his serve in the first game of the match, and, although he broke back, he handed the world 94 the advantage by dropping his own serve again. When he surrendered his serve once more in the ninth game, that was enough to give the Austrian the set.
The second set went with serve until the eighth game when he saved four break points, but eventually crumbled and could not prevent Novak claiming the fifth.
That proved to be the turning point, and Novak duly served out next game.
Post-match analysis revealed that both his second serve and return of serve had let him down, and he needs to have worked on both on the practice court over the past week.
Simon v Thompson Prediction and Tip
Although the pair are closely matched in terms of current world rankings, Simon is in the better recent form, and will start the favourite to progress to the second round.
Tip: Simon to win: 11/25 (bet365)