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The two will play each other for the 19th time in their careers.  Andy leads their H2H 16-2, his two losses coming in R1 of the Rome Masters in 2007 and the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open in 2015.  They last met in R2 of the Vienna Open in 2016.

37 year old Simon, who is currently ranked No. 195, has recently competed mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour.  His best performance in 2022 was reaching the third round of the French Open by defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets and Steve Johnson in straight sets before losing 0-6, 3-6, 2-6 to eventual semi-finalist Marin Cilic.  His most recent participation on the ATP Tour came at the Moselle Open in Metz in September where he beat David Goffin 6-3, 6-3 in the first round but lost 6-7(2-7), 4-6 to Lorenzo Musetti in the next...
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The tournament, which is played at the Accor Arena (formerly the Palais Omnisports and then until this year the AccorHotels Arena) in the Bercy District of Paris, runs from 31 October -  6 November.

Andy plays Gilles Simon, who was awarded a wild card, in round 1, and if he gets through that the winner of the No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, with the prospect of Alexander Bublik or the No. 8 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in round 3.

Full singles draw -

Andy exited in round 1 here last year, losing in three sets to Dominik Koepfer despite having 7 match points.

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34 year old Roberto Bautista Agut is currently ranked No. 22 having had a career high of No. 9 in November 2019.

This will be the sixth meeting between the two with Andy winning their first three encounters (Wimbledon round 2 2014, Munich SF 2015 and the Shanghai Masters final 2016) but losing in five sets in round 1 of the 2019 Australian Open and then in round 2 at the Qatar Open in February this year when he suffered one of the worst defeats of his career, going down 0-6, 1-6, the possible comfort for his fans being that Bautista Agut went on to lift the title for the second time, dropping only one set en route.

He was ill with covid in the spring and as a result achieved little of note until the Mallorca Championships in June where he reached the final, losing to...
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The two have met once before, in the Rennes Challenger in September 2021, with Safiullin winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

The 25 year old Russian, who won the boys' singles at the Australian Open in 2015, is currently ranked No. 93 (career high No. 92), having started the year as No. 167.  He distinguished himself by playing for Russia in the ATP Cup in Sydney alongside Daniil Medvedev, having been drafted in at the last minute after Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev succumbed to covid.  Against all expectations the depleted Russian team reached the semi-finals with Safiullin winning his two singles matches, the first against France's Arthur Rinderknech and the next against Australia's James Duckworth, an achievement which saw his ranking rise 21 places  to No. 146.

His most no...
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Andy has a bit of a history with this tournament which is an ATP 500 played at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel and which this year runs from 24 - 30 October.

In 2005 he defeated Tim Henman 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-4) in round 1 here, then went on to beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 before losing 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 to Fernando Gonzalez, but in 2011 he pulled out of the tournament, for which he'd requested a wild card, because of a mysterious right gluteal muscle strain, withdrawing shortly before his first round match against Robin Haase was due to start, afterwards claiming that "I don't know how I did it or what it came from. I've never had anything like this before".  The following year, having just lost to Djokovic in the final of the Shanghai Masters in three sets despite having five match po...
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Andy has now pulled out citing fatigue but hopes to play in Basel and Paris.

For those interested, there are still two British players in the draw - Dan Evans, who's the No. 5 seed, and Jack Draper.

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