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Simon battles back to book place in Lyon quarter-finals

 

By Robert Jones

Gilles Simon came from behind to beat Britain's Kyle Edmund 3-6 7-5 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Lyon Open. The British No.2 forced an early break to lead 3-1 and closed out the first set in 35 minutes.

However, Frenchman Simon, the World No.32, produced a recovery at the start of the second set to move 3-0 ahead before Edmund hit back to level at 3-3.

Simon, though, took a crucial ninth game, before going on to win the set.

The third set also lasted more than an hour, with Simon recovering with an immediate break back having fallen 3-2 behind. He continued to keep the pressure on Edmund, who was broken again, and closed out victory.

Earlier, No.1 seed Milos Raonic secured his place in the last eight after the Canadian beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4 6-3.

No.3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to come from behind to see off Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, securing a 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-3 win.

Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro, though, is out after the Argentinian lost 7-6 (7-0) 6-4 against Gastao Elias, who now faces Raonic.

Karen Khachanov beat Australia's Jordan Thompson 6-2 7-6 (7-3) and will take on Tsonga.

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