Simon denies Tsonga a third straight Metz title|
Metz, France (Sports Network) - A Frenchman won the Moselle Open title for a
fifth straight year, but for the first time in three years it was not Jo-
Gilles Simon denied Tsonga a three-peat with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in Sunday's
The second-seeded Simon previously won this indoor hard court event in 2010
and improved to 11-4 lifetime in title matches. He is 1-1 this year, having
lost to Feliciano Lopez at the Wimbledon tune-up in Eastbourne back in June.
Tsonga, the top seed this week, had won the last two titles in Metz and
Sunday's loss dropped his finals record to 10-8. Half of those 10 titles have
come in his native France, including a win over Tomas Berdych at the Marseille
final back in February.
"I'm sad about losing the final today, but I'm happy with my week," said
Tsonga, who was playing in his first tournament since suffering a left knee
injury at Wimbledon. "Gilles was just better than me today. He's a great
player and he was very solid during the whole match."
Simon hadn't won a tournament since last April in Bucharest. He improved to
3-5 lifetime against Tsonga and beat his countrymate on a surface other than
clay for the first time.
Prior to Simon and Tsonga's split of the most recent four Metz titles, Gael
Monfils started the run of native winners in 2009.
Simon, who did not drop a set all week, collected a first prize of $101,000.
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