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Frenchmen Tsonga, Mahut and Simon Advance To Metz Semis

Metz, France


Two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is competing in his first tournament in almost three months, battled back to defeat Tobias Kamke in three sets on Friday, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Metz quarter-finals.

The Frenchman is stepping up his bid to qualify for a third consecutive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He is currently in tenth position in the Race to London and less than 500 points behind Stanislas Wawrinka for the eighth and final berth.

"Today was a complicated match," Tsonga said. "I haven’t played a match for two and a half months before this week, so I still need some time to find my rhythm."

Kamke saved all eight break points faced in the first set, but was eventually unable to hold off the home favourite, who prevailed in two hours and nine minutes. Tsonga will seek to advance to his second final of 2013 when he faces Florian Mayer in Saturday's semis.

Mayer, the No. 8 seed, ousted Carlos Berlocq 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to reach his first semi-final in five appearances in Metz. The German was down an early break in the third set but stormed back to set a third career meeting with Tsonga. Tsonga leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-0 with their most recent encounter coming in Miami last year.

Meanwhile, Gilles Simon, who is attempting to lift the Moselle Open trophy for the second time, reached the semi-finals as well.

Just 11 days after the birth of his second son, Valentin, the second seed and 2010 champion beat sixth seed Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6(1) in 77 minutes.

He goes on to face Nicolas Mahut, who is enjoying an Indian summer at age 31.

The World No. 79, who has won two ATP World Tour titles this year, reached the last four for the first time since 2008 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Benjamin Becker.

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