Indian Wells - Gilles Simon vs. Benoit Paire (23:00 GMT)

Gilles Simon (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Gilles Simon takes on Benoit Paire later today in the third round of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (23:00 GMT start).

Simon is a strong candidate for comeback of the year after his extraordinary recovery to defeat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi in round two of Indian Wells 2013.

The Frenchman found himself 5-1 down in the final set, but despite Lorenzi serving for the match twice, he reeled off six straight games, saving two match points in the process to win 6-3 3-6 7-5.

It's been a good season so far for Simon, who made back to back semi-finals in Rotterdam and Marseille last month. And he has a fantastic chance to repeat last year's quarter-final showing in California with his section of the draw opening right up following David Ferrer's shock defeat.

If Simon can overcome Paire then he will face either Jarkko Nieminen or Kevin Anderson in the last sixteen. Paire made the Montpellier final last month and he's enjoyed two good wins so far this week. He beat Lukasz Kubot 5-7 7-5 6-2 in a hard-fought first round clash before outplaying 21st seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-2 in the second round.

Paire may be 6'5 but he moves extremely well for a big man and he's actually won both previous matches against Simon, beating him 6-2 2-6 6-3 in Rotterdam two years ago and 7-5 7-6 in the Montpellier quarters just over a month ago. And after watching Simon's struggles against Lorenzi, he will feel he has a good chance of picking up another win.

Prediction: Paire in three.

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