The quarter-final action of the second version of the Cologne Open will see Gilles Simon of France, the world number 57, take on the Italian wildcard and world number 46, Jannik Sinner of Italy on Friday, October 23. 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 Jannik Sinner match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Gilles Simon Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 35-year-old Frenchman, and the Italian, who is 16 years his junior.
Simon Knocks Out Third Seed Shapovalov
Simon registered an excellent win on Thursday, benefiting from an error-strewn appearance from the number three seed, Denis Shapovalov of Canada, to reach the quarter-finals.
The world number 12 dropped his serve three times, allowing Simon to take the first set in just 32 minutes.
Shapovalov then picked up his game, and normal service seemed to be resumed when he got the better of a flurry of service breaks to level the match. At this stage, it did look like Simon had run out of steam and the match had run its course as far as his chances were concerned.
Simon, however, was anything but done. He broke the much-fancied Shapovalov in his first two service games of the third set and while he lost his own serve once, the Frenchman soon completed a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over the Canadian.
While Simon did well to make it to the last eight, he would be the first to admit he profitted a great deal from Shapovalov’s profligacy.
Teenager Sinner in Sizzling Form in Germany
The Italian teenager has been in fine form so far this week in Germany. The wildcard began his campaign with a 6-1, 6 -2 win over James Duckworth of Australia, and was equally impressive in his second-round defeat of Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, engineering six breaks of serve in all.
The first three games of the match went against serve, and the pair swapped service breaks again in the middle of the set. But, then after a marathon ninth game that went to five deuces, Sinner forced another break to clinch the set.
The second set though was much more one-way traffic. Herbert dropped his first and second service games and from there, the world number 46 controlled the match. He was never threatened on his own serve, and closed out the match with a love service game after just an hour and 18 minutes.
This follows the Italian having reached the quarterfinal at the French Open in his previous tournament, with a win over Alexander Zverev leading him there.
Sinner had earlier made it to the quarterfinal of the Rotterdam Open, another tournament on indoor hard court surfaces.
Simon v Sinner Prediction and Tip
Sinner has been in scintillating form so far in Germany, and, although Simon had a good win over the number three seed, the teenager will be favourite to make the last four.
Tip: Sinner to win: 5/7 (bet365)