Strategy was always a strong part for me says Simon

Vastavam web: He does not have either a powerful serve or flashy ground strokes to intimidate his rivals, yet Gilles Simon scripted the fall of big guys on the Tour Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson to lift his first title in almost three years.Ranked a humble 89, Simon landed on his visit to India without his coach and other support staff but was ready for the grind and scalped the two Grand Slam finalists in 2017 at the Tata Open Maharashtra.”This is something I always did. I never hired a coach to help me with strategy. The previous coach I had was a massive mind in the game and knows a lot about the tactics. The strategy was always a strong part for me,” said Simon after winning his 13th ATP singles title.

“To understand what is happening on the court is always my strength. As long as I stay calm and cool and which I did all the week and that s why I could perform on that level.” Asked if he changed anything in his game to get the better of the tall South African, Simon nodded but did not elaborate.”Yes, I changed a few things but I won t tell you because he does not have to know. I made small adjustments. His serve is like his that I have to find a magic trick to return every time, so you just try to jump on the board and try.

“My serve was great. Yes, I was changing and mixing the pace on my serve and it was pretty effective. I wish I could serve like him and hit it every corner but that s what I can t do, so I try find a way to start the point well in a different way, he said.”I was really surprised and it feels good. And I played good. I played a good match against Roberto, the defending champion. I played a few good shots during the match.I was hoping to play one in final, in singles. I have never won two doubles matches in a row, it never happened. So it was a great surprise.”