GILLES SIMON

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

12/27/1984

Birthplace:

Nice, France

Residence:

Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Height:

6'0'' / 183 cm

Weight:

154 lbs / 70 kg

Turned Pro:

2002

Last Update:

July 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

7575

Shots' Ranking 2020

Return

14

Forehand

54

Backhand

34

Volley

110

Gilles Simon's Strengths

Serve

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Second Serve Won Points (55%)
    * 20% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (6%)
    * First Serve Percentage (55%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 40% fewer Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (31%)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Wins 54% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the long Rallies (over 8 shots)
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 30% fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Wins 46% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In

Backhand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * None
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (31%)

Volley

2 Stars

Strengths:

    * Serve & Volley when played (75% of the points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times fewer Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (11%)
    * Chip & Charge (not really played)

Gilles Simon's Game Style

Server

Medium-low

Even though Gilles Simon cannot be regarded as a Server, he optimized well this shot by taking a lot of risks on his first serve (55% of first serve in). This allows him to get a ratio of aces/service winners in the average (33%) and not to be too much dominated with that shot by the big servers on the ATP tour.

Puncher

Medium-low

Gilles Simon is not a Puncher with a big forehand. He still gets results in the average with that shot but this is more his counterpunching & retrieving skills that allow him such a result. However, as with the backhand, he often likes to slow things down with the forehand and take his opponents apart with sudden forehand attacks.

Tempo Player

Medium-high

The way Gilles Simon Retrieves is with Tempo, that's why his game style is the one of a counterpuncher. When compared with his rivals, his best shot is the backhand. On that side, he is capable of counterpunching, defending but also taking his opponents apart with surprising attacks. His game plan is often to slow things down in order to surprise his rivals with a sudden backhand attack.

Offensive Player

Medium-low

Although Gilles Simon is moving forward more at the end of his career, he still can't be regarded as an Offensive player. Being a Retriever, his rivals win on average two times more points than him with their volley.

Retriever

High

First of all, Gilles Simon is an outstanding Retriever (Counterpuncher) who wins 49% of his points by the errors of his rivals. Fast around the court, solid as a rock and passing well his opponents, he is a tricky player to face.

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