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:

August 2020

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

8990

Shots' Ranking 2020

Return

14

Forehand

54

Backhand

34

Volley

110

Gilles Simon's Strengths

Serve

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Second Serve Won Points (53%)
    * 30% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (6%)
    * First Serve Percentage (56%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 40% fewer Unforced Errors for the same Ratio of Winners / Forcing Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Backhand Return
    * First & Second Serve Return Won Points in the Average (29% / 49%)

Weaknesses:

    * First & Second Serve Return Won Points in the Average (29% / 49%)

Forehand

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% fewer Unforced Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Wins 53% of the Rallies after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Wins 54% of the Rallies after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Wins 69% of the Rallies after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the long Rallies (over 8 shots)
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 30% fewer Winners / Forcing Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Winners / Forcing Errors with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Forehand Drop Shot (45% of the points won when played)

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Unforced Errors for the same Ratio of Winners / Forcing Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)
    * High Ratio of Winners / Forcing Errors with the Backhand Cross
    * Wins 53% of the Rallies after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Wins 57% of the Rallies after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

2 Stars

Strengths:

    * None

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times fewer Winners / Forcing Errors with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (12%)
    * Chip & Charge (not really played)
    * Volley Winners-Forcing Errors / Unforced Errors Ratio (64%)

Gilles Simon's Game Style

Server

Medium-low

Even though Gilles Simon cannot be regarded as a Server, throughout his carreer (rather when at his best) he optimized well this shot by taking risks on his first serve (56% of first serve in). This allowed him to get a ratio of aces/service winners just in the average (30%) and not to be too much dominated with that shot by the big servers on tour.

Puncher

Medium-low

Gilles Simon is not a Puncher with a big forehand. He still gets results above 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 cannot be regarded as an Offensive player. Being a Retriever (Counterpuncher), his opponents make on average two times more Winners / Forcing Errors than him with their volley.

Retriever

High

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

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