Tsonga, Simon reach semis on home soil

2:34 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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Metz, France (Sports Network) - Top-seeded and two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and his second-seeded fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon secured spots in Saturday's semifinals at the $545,000 Moselle Open tennis event.

The former Australian Open runner-up Tsonga continued his winning ways at this event by overcoming German Tobias Kamke 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while the 2010 Metz champion Simon got past sixth-seeded American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) on the indoor hardcourts at Parc des Expositions.

Tsonga repeated as the titlist here last year by besting Italian Andreas Seppi in the final.

The 16th-ranked former top-10 star Simon's final-four opponent will be fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who handled German Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-4 in Friday's quarterfinal action. Mahut already owns a pair of titles on the ATP World Tour this season.

The 2013 Metz champion will collect $98,000.

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