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Gilles Simon Stops Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Three-Peat with Metz Victory

 

 

 

 

Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon

(September 22, 2013) In an all-French final Gilles Simon prevented Jo-Wilfred Tsonga from winning his third straight Open de Moselle with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

For Simon the win comes, 13 days after the birth of his second son, Valentin.

“I was fighting a lot today,” Simon said. ”I saw that I had a chance and I managed to win. I’m very happy about that.”

“I cannot become a father every week. 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.”

“I’m sad about losing the final today, but I’m happy with my week,” said Tsonga. “Gilles was just better than me today. He’s a great player and he was very solid during the whole match. That shows the few imperfections that I still have in my game.”

“I didn’t have enough energy to make the difference against Gilles. But that’s normal. I’m just coming back and I still need some time. I’m happy that I got some matches under my belt this week and it was great playing doubles together with Nicolas Mahut.”

 

It’s Simon’s second Metz title and the 11th title of his career. The 28-year-old improved his winning streak in Metz to 9-0 after losing in the opening round in his first four appearances. He did not lose a set this week and was only broken twice all tournament.

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Tennis Results and Schedules for September 21, 2013

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GUANGZHOU OPEN
Guangzhou, China P.R.
September 16-21, 2013
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, September 21, 2013
Singles –  Final
(WC) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Vania King (USA) 76(1) 61

Doubles –  Final
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (3) King/Voskoboeva (USA/KAZ) 63 46 1210 (Match TB)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [8] F Mayer (GER) 46 62 63
[2] [WC] G Simon (FRA) d N Mahut (FRA) 63 76(2)

Doubles – Semi-finals

N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA) 62 67(2) 10-4

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTRAL start 2:30 pm
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [2] [WC] G Simon (FRA)
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)
YINZHOU BANK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S TENNIS OPEN
Ningbo, China
September 22-27, 2013
$125,000/WTA 125K Series
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Julia Glushko vs. Katarzyna Piter (Singles Q Final)
2. Zhang Yuxuan vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
3. Bojana Jovanovski vs. Virginie Razzano

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Vera Dushevina vs. Petra Cetkovska (Singles Q Final)
2. Johanna Larsson vs. Petra Martic
3. Shahar Peer vs. Sharon Fichman

Court 8 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Richel Hogenkamp vs. Oksana Kalashnikova (Singles Q Final)
2. Anna Schmiedlova vs. Karolina Pliskova
3. Han/Miyamura vs. Babos/Rosolska

Court 6 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Luksika Kumkhum vs. Wang Yafan (Singles Q Final)
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Vesna Dolonc

 

ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[6] E Gulbis (LAT) d M Przysiezny (POL) 63 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d J Sousa (POR) 61 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
D Inglot (GBR) / D Istomin (UZB) d A Karatsev (RUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) 64 57 11-9

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013

CENTER COURT start 1:45 PM
[1] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs D Inglot (GBR) / D Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 4:00 PM
E Gulbis (LAT) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

 

KDB KOREA OPEN
Seoul, Korea
September 16-22, 2013
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, September 21, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 60 62
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(11) 76(6)

Doubles – Semifinals
Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) d. (3) Aoyama/Moulton-Levy (JPN/USA) 75 61

Order Of Play – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2. Doubles Final: Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Chan/Xu

 

TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN
Tokyo, Japan
September 22-28, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Julia Goerges vs. Sorana Cirstea
2. Elina Svitolina vs. Kurumi Nara
3. Mona Barthel vs. Venus Williams
4. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Urszula Radwanska
5. Alizé Cornet vs. Samantha Stosur

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Belinda Bencic vs. Daria Gavrilova
2. Polona Hercog vs. Lucie Safarova
3. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Paula Ormaechea
4. Sloane Stephens vs. Stefanie Voegele

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Mladenovic/Pennetta vs. Black/Mirza
2. Minella/Vesnina vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova
3. María-Teresa Torró-Flor vs. Klara Zakopalova
4. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

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Metz and St. Petersburg Results and Schedules

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Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64
[6] S Querrey (USA) d [WC] P Mathieu (FRA) 62 ret. (right leg)
T Kamke (GER) d [Q] M Fucsovics (HUN) 16 63 62

Singles – First Round

B Becker (GER) d [5] B Paire (FRA) 63 75
C Berlocq (ARG) d J Vesely (CZE) 63 64
[WC] A Olivetti (FRA) d [Q] M Zverev (GER) 75 76(3)
N Mahut (FRA) d L Mayer (ARG) 76(2) 64

Doubles – First Round

[2] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] J Chardy (FRA) / M Gicquel (FRA) 64 63
J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) d [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 64 76(2)
[4] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) d T Bednarek (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 76(3) 64
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d [WC] P Herbert (FRA) / A Olivetti (FRA) 46 64 10-4  
ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTRAL start 12:00
N Mahut (FRA) vs [3] A Seppi (ITA)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [8] F Mayer (GER)
Not Before 16:00
B Becker (GER) vs [WC] A Olivetti (FRA)
Not Before 18:00
K De Schepper (FRA) vs [2] [WC] G Simon (FRA)
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs C Berlocq (ARG)

COURT 1 start 14:00

J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs [PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) – After Suitable Rest
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER)
P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA)

 

ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Second Round
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [2] M Youzhny (RUS) 64 46 63
[8] D Istomin (UZB) d A Golubev (KAZ) 46 63 64

Singles – First Round

R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(4) 63
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [5] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 64
[6] E Gulbis (LAT) d [WC] M Elgin (RUS) 60 61
[7] L Rosol (CZE) d R Berankis (LTU) 64 76(4)
M Przysiezny (POL) d A Ramos (ESP) 36 64 63
J Sousa (POR) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 64
[Q] K Kravchuk (RUS) d H Zeballos (ARG) 76(5) 63

Doubles – First Round

D Inglot (GBR) / D Istomin (UZB) d [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 64 75
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d F Fognini (ITA) / P Lorenzi (ITA) 75 76(6)
S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) d [Alt] D Marfinsky (RUS) / S Strelkov (RUS) 63 62 

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J Sousa (POR)
[Q] K Kravchuk (RUS) vs [4] D Tursunov (RUS)
[PR] J Zopp (EST) vs [6] E Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 7:00 PM
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs E Donskoy (RUS)
A Karatsev (RUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs [3] D Bracciali (ITA) / L Dlouhy (CZE)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm

[WC] K Khachanov (RUS) vs [7] L Rosol (CZE)
[1] F Fognini (ITA) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
Not Before 4:30 PM
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) vs S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS)
[1] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] V Baluda (RUS) / K Kravchuk (RUS) – After Suitable Rest

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Chardy Stunned by Fucsovics in Metz

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Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, 2013

Singles – First Round
[Q] M Fucsovics (HUN) d [7] J Chardy (FRA) 63 76(5)
[8] F Mayer (GER) d [Q] P Herbert (FRA) 62 75
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d F Delbonis (ARG) 60 62
T Kamke (GER) d [Q] M Gicquel (FRA) 62 63
L Lacko (SVK) d [LL] M Berrer (GER) 63 16 62
[WC] P Mathieu (FRA) d I Sijsling (NED) 67(4) 75 76(6) – saved 2 M.P.
K De Schepper (FRA) d J Huta Galung (NED) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d E Butorac (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 61 76(4)
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) d C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) 26 62 10-5  

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] M Zverev (GER) vs [WC] A Olivetti (FRA)
N Mahut (FRA) vs L Mayer (ARG)
Not Before 16:00
[6] S Querrey (USA) vs [WC] P Mathieu (FRA)
Not Before 18:00
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[5] B Paire (FRA) vs B Becker (GER)
[WC] J Chardy (FRA) / M Gicquel (FRA) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA) – Possible Court Change

COURT 1 start 12:00

C Berlocq (ARG) vs J Vesely (CZE)
Not Before 14:00
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)
Not Before 16:00
T Kamke (GER) vs [Q] M Fucsovics (HUN)
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs [WC] P Herbert (FRA) / A Olivetti (FRA)
T Bednarek (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs [4] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER)

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Querrey Gets Past Karlovic in Metz

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Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013

Singles – First Round
[6] S Querrey (USA) d I Karlovic (CRO) 46 76(4) 64

Doubles – First Round

N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d C Berlocq (ARG) / I Sijsling (NED) 64 61
P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA) d F Delbonis (ARG) / M Demoliner (BRA) 63 64  

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] P Herbert (FRA) vs [8] F Mayer (GER)
T Kamke (GER) vs [Q] M Gicquel (FRA)
Not Before 16:00
F Delbonis (ARG) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Not Before 18:00
[Q] M Fucsovics (HUN) vs [7] J Chardy (FRA)
I Sijsling (NED) vs [WC] P Mathieu (FRA)

COURT 1 not before 14:00
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) vs C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) – Possible Court Change
Not Before 15:30
K De Schepper (FRA) vs J Huta Galung (NED)
[LL] M Berrer (GER) vs L Lacko (SVK)
Not Before 20:00
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs E Butorac (USA) / S Querrey (USA)

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Monday Schedules for Guangzhou, Metz, St. Petersburg and Seoul

 

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GUANGZHOU OPEN
Guangzhou, China P.R.
September 16-21, 2013
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, September 16, 2013
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Paula Ormaechea
2. Zhang Shuai vs. Olga Puchkova
3. Hsieh/Peng vs. Álvarez Terán/Wong (NB 14.30hrs)

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Vania King vs. Chanelle Scheepers
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Johanna Larsson
3. Johansson/Larsson vs. Lepchenko/Zheng (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Galina Voskoboeva vs. Petra Cetkovska
2. Nadiya Kichenok vs. Monica Puig
3. Buryachok/Pliskova vs. Kalashnikova/Peer (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 4 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Dolonc/Jurak vs. Liu/Tian
2. Johanna Konta vs. Richel Hogenkamp

 

Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)

ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTRAL start 11:00 am
Qualifying – P Herbert (FRA) vs A Zverev (GER)
Qualifying – M Gicquel (FRA) vs S Stadler (GER)
Not Before 3:30 PM
[6] S Querrey (USA) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
Not Before 8:15 PM
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs C Berlocq (ARG) / I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – M Berrer (GER) vs M Fucsovics (HUN)
Qualifying – M Zverev (GER) vs V Millot (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
F Delbonis (ARG) / M Demoliner (BRA) vs P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA)  
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2013

CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – A Kudryavtsev (RUS) vs D Inglot (GBR)
Qualifying – V Rudnev (RUS) vs M Biryukov (RUS)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [WC] K Khachanov (RUS)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] A Karatsev (RUS) vs [2] M Youzhny (RUS)
J Struff (GER) vs A Golubev (KAZ)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – S Groth (AUS) vs V Baluda (RUS)
Qualifying – K Kravchuk (RUS) vs A Bury (BLR) 

 

KDB KOREA OPEN
Seoul, Korea
September 16-22, 2013
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, September 16, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Julia Goerges vs. Misaki Doi
2. Han Sung-Hee vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
3. Lee Ye-Ra (KOR) vs. Daria Gavrilova
4. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Katarzyna Piter vs. Ons Jabeur (Singles Q Final)
2. Vera Dushevina vs. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Lara Arruabarrena vs. Elina Svitolina
4. Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Begu/Cadantu (NB 15.30hrs)

Court 13 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Han Xinyun vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (Singles Q Final)
2. Virginie Razzano vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Sema/Sema vs. Lertpitaksinchai/Plipuech

Court 12 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Varatchaya Wongteanchai vs. Risa Ozaki (Singles Q Final)

Court 11 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Michaela Honcova vs. Chan Chin-Wei (Singles Q Final)

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Tsonga Defends Metz Crown

Top seed and seventh ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France demolished Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 in 50 minutes on Sunday to defend his Moselle Open title at Metz, France.

“I had a complete match with no gaps, as opposed to yesterday, “Tsonga said. “Of course, it’s a lot easier when I can make a difference in two or three shots. If I had to define this week, I would simply say it was a perfect one.

“This is the first time I have been able to defend a title. So it’s even more special that it’s here at the Moselle Open, where I am the ambassador.”

“I want to congratulate Jo because he played too well today,” Seppi said..” His serve was impressive and there’s very little I could do. Unfortunately, this is the way it goes sometime indoors, matches go by really fast without being able to do anything. It was a great week for me and overall I am happy to have reached the final here.”

It was Tsonga’s second tournament victory in 2012, ninth career ATP title. He also won the Qatar Open in January.

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ATP – Metz and St. Petersburg Monday Results, Tuesday Schedules

ATP World Tour 250
Metz, France
17-23 September, 2012     Surface: Hard

Results for Monday, September 17, 2012

Singles – First Round
J Blake (USA) d [WC] A Olivetti (FRA) 62 76(4)


SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] K De Schepper (FRA)
Not Before 1:00 PM
[Q] M Zverev (GER) vs [8] [WC] N Davydenko (RUS)
X Malisse (BEL) vs B Paire (FRA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[7] G Monfils (FRA) vs O Rochus (BEL)
Not Before 6:00 PM
B Paire (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs [2] N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [3] D Brown (GER) / C Kas (GER)
Not Before 12:00 Noon
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [Q] C Reix (FRA)
I Sijsling (NED) vs [Q] V Millot (FRA)
E Butorac (USA) / J Peers (AUS) vs [WC] P Herbert (FRA) / A Olivetti (FRA)
L Dlouhy (CZE) / J Kerr (AUS) vs D Brands (GER) / J Levine (USA)
X Malisse (BEL) / A Waske (GER) vs J Murray (GBR) / A Sa (BRA)

 

ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia 
17-23 September, 2012  

Singles – First Round
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [WC] E Donskoy (RUS) 26 64 63
R Ram (USA) d M Bachinger (GER) 64 64
F Cipolla (ITA) d [Q] A Vasilevski (BLR) 76(4) 76(6)


SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[6] Y Lu (TPE) vs R Bautista-Agut (ESP)
[5] L Lacko (SVK) vs G Zemlja (SLO)
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] M Youzhny (RUS) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
[WC] A Yakovlev (RUS) / A Zhurbin (RUS) vs [3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
F Serra (FRA) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
[4] F Moser (GER) / K Skupski (GBR) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA)
M Klizan (SVK) / F Polasek (SVK) vs P Petzschner (GER) / S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[1] R Ram (USA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs F Cipolla (ITA) / P Lorenzi (ITA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
J Cerretani (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) vs P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU)

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ATP – Metz and St. Petersburg Monday Schedules

ATP World Tour 250
Metz, France
17-23 September, 2012     Surface: Hard

September 17, 2012  Schedule

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 pm
Qualifying – M Berrer (GER) vs M Zverev (GER)
Qualifying – C Reix (FRA) vs M Authom (BEL)
Qualifying – D Brands (GER) vs V Millot (FRA)
Not Before 6:00 PM
Qualifying – J Ouanna (FRA) vs K De Schepper (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[WC] A Olivetti (FRA) vs J Blake (USA)
ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia
17-23 September, 2012
Surface: Hard

September 17, 2012  Schedule

CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
F Cipolla (ITA) vs [Q] A Vasilevski (BLR)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] E Donskoy (RUS) vs [7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
M Bachinger (GER) vs R Ram (USA)

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Tsonga Wins Title at Metz

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Photo by Le Republican Lorrain from ATP Facebook page)

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the third Frenchman in a row to win the Moselle Open in Metz, France defeating Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 on Sunday.  Gael Monfils won in 2009 and Gilles Simon in 2010. Tsonga is currently seventh in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London. This is Tsonga’s first title win of the 2011 season and sixth career tournament victory.

“I am so happy to have won the title,” said Tsonga. “It was a long time since I lifted a trophy and I am happy I was able to do here in Metz, in front of the French public. I knew it was going to be difficult. That’s why I am not surprised about Ivan’s come back in the second set. Matches against him are always based on two or three crucial points.

“I really feel good, I am happy on the tennis court, things are working well and I hope I can continue that way. My goal for the season is to qualify for London, I was there two years ago and I didn’t play. I hope this time I will be able to play.”


“I feel I played as well as I could today, said Ljubicic. “For some reason the balls were a little slower and I felt my serve wasn’t as effective. It was becoming very physical. There was a lot of long rallies and with Jo being younger and stronger, it was not good for me.

“I didn’t have the weapons to beat him today. He was dominating in every aspect of the game. He should have won the second set easily, but he complicated it. Matches against him are always similar. He pushes and pushes, so I need to play differently to stand a chance. I cannot overpower him and I almost did today.

“Of course I’d like to have won, but I am not disappointed. It’s been a long time since I last played a final. I played well today and I hope I can keep playing like this.”


Singles – Final
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [4] I Ljubicic (CRO) 63 67(4) 63

Doubles – Final
J Murray (GBR) / A Sa (BRA) d [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / M Melo (BRA) 64 76(7)

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