Gilles Simon beats Kevin Anderson to win Maharashtra Open

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Gilles Simon beat three top-20 players en route to the title in Pune. (AP)

PUNE, India (AP) — Gilles Simon won his first major ATP Tour title since 2015 when the Frenchman defeated second-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the final of the Maharashtra Open on Saturday.

The World No. 89 Simon was in supreme form in the opening week of the new year as he also defeated defending champion Roberto Bautisa Agut in the second round and stunned top- seeded Marin Cilic in the semifinals.

It was also Simon's first win against Anderson, having lost the previous three matches on hard courts.

Simon earned 250 ATP ranking points and bagged $89,435 while Anderson left Pune with 150 points and a purse of $47,105.

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