Simon reaches quarters after Monfils gets hurt
Jan 25, 2009 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press
Gilles Simon advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals Monday when fellow Frenchman and longtime friend Gael Monfils retired after three sets.
Sixth-seeded Simon was leading 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 when No. 12 Monfils withdrew with what appeared to be an injured right hand or arm.
Monfils, a semifinalist at the French Open last year, had treatment in the previous set and, after going to the baseline following the change of ends, walked to the net and told Simon he could not continue.
The pair hugged at the net and kissed each other's cheek. Despite being close in age _ Simon is 24, Monfils is 22 _ it was their first match at tour level.
Drenovo Tijesno, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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