ATP Tour

SA's Anderson loses in Maharashtra Open final

Kevin Anderson (Getty Images)
Kevin Anderson (Getty Images)

Pune - Gilles Simon won his first major ATP Tour title since 2015 when the Frenchman defeated second-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the final of the Maharashtra Open on Saturday.

The world No 89 Simon was in supreme form in the opening week of the new year as he also defeated defending champion Roberto Bautisa Agut in the second round and stunned top-seeded Marin Cilic in the semi-finals.

It was also Simon's first win against Anderson, having lost the previous three matches on hard courts.

Simon earned 250 ATP ranking points and bagged $89 435 while Anderson left Pune with 150 points and a purse of $47 105.

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