INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Gilles Simon of France won his first ATP title on American soil, beating Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-4 at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships on Sunday.
Simon, seeded second and ranked 25th in the world, had not reached an ATP semifinal in the United States before the Indianapolis tournament, which moved to a hard-court surface in 1988.
"That's special for me because it's not the kind of court I like to play usually," said the 23-year-old Simon, who earned his fourth career ATP title. "I beat some good players on this kind of court, that's why it's a very good thing to win this tournament."
Tursunov, seeded third and ranked 32nd, was hoping to join Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick as the only players to win back-to-back singles titles in Indianapolis since 1981. Tursunov beat Frank Dancvic in last year's final.