Simon battles past Lu

Wed, 28 Sep 16:34:00 2011

France's Gilles Simon came through a tough battle against Lu Ten-hsun to make the third round of ATP Bangkok.

France's Gilles Simon returns a shot to Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun during their second round match at PTT Thailand Open 2011 tennis tournament in Bangkok September 28, 2011 - 0

Taiwanese star 'Rendy' Lu won the opening set in a tie-break, but third seed Simon came through two hard-fought sets to end up a 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 winner in a match that lasted almost three hours.

Simon will face Matthias Bachinger in the quarter-finals, the German having beaten local hope Danai Udomchoke 7-6(5) 6-3.

Seventh seed Robin Haase was knocked out in the second round by Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in a match that was decided by tie-breaks despite three breaks of serve by each player.

Niemen, ranked just eight places below world number 42 Haase, edged both deciders to win 7-6(5) 7-6(4).

And eighth seed Pablo Andujar crashed out in extraordinary fashion, however, losing his first round match 6-0 6-1 to Germany's Tobias Kamke just a few days after making the final of ATP Bucharest.

Top seed Andy Murray gets his tournament under way on Thursday at 1.30pm UK time when he faces Germany's Michael Berrer - you can follow full LIVE comments from the match on this website.

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