The untouchable Roger Federer suddenly fell apart. And even though he survived a second-round scare, it's an ominous sign moving forward.
Gilles Simon is one of the select few players who owns a winning record versus Roger Federer. And the Swiss is keenly aware of his second-round obstacle.
The most unrecognized player in the top 10, Gilles Simon is trying to validate his status with a deep run Down Under. But first he must get by the altitudinous Aussie, Chris Guccione.
The top half of the Masters Cup men's field is set, but a handful of players -- including Juan Martin Del Potro, Gilles Simon and David Ferrer -- are battling for the final two spots.
The stealth Gilles Simon wasn't even a forethought in his home country, never mind a contender for the Masters Cup in Shanghai. But after a dogged display in Madrid, Simon is making his move.