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Paris Masters: Andy Murray stunned as Gilles Simon rallies in sensational comeback to further his career

The Scot had the upper hand to start the evening and looked set for a straight win after claiming the opening set.

But Frenchman Simon staged a comeback, rallying from a 5-3 deficit and winning four games in a row to win the second.

And veteran Simon, who is expected to retire after this tournament, took the final set to keep his career alive for at least one more match, winning 4-6 7-5 6-3.

Murray broke Simon’s serve in game two before trailing 40-0 in game three.

He quickly regrouped, spinning a tight forehand down the sidelines and saving three break points to extend his advantage.

Simon cut the deficit, allowing Murray to like to make it 4-2, but the Scotsman responded in kind as the Frenchman couldn’t score points in game seven.

It was 5-3 when Murray started to thrill in front of the home crowd, double faulting for the third time in the set to open the game for Simon, who took full advantage and earned his first break of the match.

One last dance: Simon should retire after the tournament

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Simon fended off the first set point with a smash and attempted the same shot to avoid the second but overpowered it to give Murray the set and another break.

Murray was visibly frustrated, knocking his racquet to the ground when, with everything square at 1-1, his forehand hit the net. Again Simon took advantage of the error to break the Scot’s serve, but Murray immediately recovered the break to level the set before taking the lead.

And it was Murray who had the upper hand at the end of a 24-shot rally, first with an over the shoulder shot and then a well-placed forehand from the baseline, although the Frenchman had eventually evened things out at three games apiece.

Murray won the next and earned a critical break point to make it 5-3 before Simon broke.

The momentum started to turn in the Frenchman’s favour, with Simon making it 5-5 and stringing together an unanswered 10-point run en route to breaking Murray for the fourth time and then swiftly winning the set to the roar of the Paris crowd.

Those fans seemed to be starting to get under Murray’s skin as Simon earned the first break of the final set to make it 2-1 and what had once looked like a potential straight-sets victory for Murray turned into one. fierce battle.

And in the end, for only the third time in 19 encounters, Simon prevailed and will continue to play, in front of a delighted home crowd, at least once more.

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