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Simon Denies Tsonga Three-Peat In Metz

Metz, France

Simon© Getty ImagesGilles Simon claimed his 11th career ATP World Tour title with a straight-sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in Metz.

Gilles Simon capped an unforgettable week in Metz, upsetting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a second Moselle Open title, 6-4, 6-3, a mere 13 days after celebrating the birth of his second son, Valentin. Simon denied Tsonga a three-peat in the northern French city in the process, converting four of five break point opportunities for the win.

"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."

Simon improved his winning streak in Metz to 9-0 after falling in the opening round in his first four appearances. He defeated Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-2 for the 2010 title. He did not relinquish a set this week and was only broken twice all tournament.

It is the 6’ Frenchman’s 11th career ATP World Tour crown and sixth on hard courts, as he extended his streak to seven years in a row with at least one title. Simon earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €74,000 in prize money, which will bump him back inside the Top 15. Tsonga takes home 150 points and €39,000 for his run to the final.

It was Simon’s second final of the season, having fallen to Feliciano Lopez on the grass of Eastbourne, in June. He is slated to return to Bangkok next week, where he was the runner-up last year. 

Tsonga, meanwhile, was denied a place in history as the seventh active player to complete a three-peat on the ATP World Tour. Three players had already accomplished the feat this year, with David Ferrer winning in Auckland, Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open and Milos Raonic in San Jose.

"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."

Simon turned the tables on Tsonga’s 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head edge on hard courts and impeded his quest to qualify for a third consecutive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Tsonga currently resides in the tenth position and finds himself over 300 points behind Stanislas Wawrinka for the eighth and final spot.

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