Gilles Simon Ends Tsonga’s Bid at Third Title in Metz

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World no. 16 Gilles Simon (Player Profile) earned his 11th career title with an upset victory over French no. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Player Profile) earlier today. Simon denied Tsonga a third consecutive title at Metz as he defeated the defending champion 6-4, 6-3 in comfortable fashion. The match lasted a total of 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Simon controlled the majority of the encounter and converted on all available opportunities. The Frenchman had not relinquished a set all week and is 9-0 in Metz. He will now carry the momentum over to the Thailand Open next week, where he is the runner-up from last year’s event.

“I cannot become a father every week,” Simon said. “It’s a beautiful story for sure. Unfortunately my wife and children couldn’t be here today. It was a great moment for me because I missed the birth of our first child and this time I was able to be there. I was very happy about that.”

Tsonga had appeared to be nursing a knee injury from his semifinal match-up with Florian Mayer. The world no. 8 won a total of 44% of all points played and won 70% of points on his first serve yet it was his inability to defend break point opportunities that set the tone for the match. Tsonga saved 1/5 break points in the match, which allowed Simon to take a comfortable lead over him in both sets.

The tournament was Tsonga’s first since a knee injury sidelined him for over three months, dating back to his second round withdrawal from Wimbledon this year. While a win today would have helped Tsonga’s chances at making the Barclays World Tour Finals, a few more successful weeks and he could possibly secure himself the final eighth spot. It would be hard work as Stanislas Wawrinka is over 300 points ahead of him in the eighth spot.

“I’m sad about losing the final today, but I’m happy with my week,” Tsonga, who was playing in his first tournament since suffering a left knee injury at Wimbledon, said. “Gilles was just better than me today. He’s a great player and he was very solid during the whole match.”

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