Simon beats Mahut to reach Moselle Open final

The Canadian Press
9/21/2013 10:51:28 AM
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METZ, France -- Second-seeded Gilles Simon was invincible on serve as he beat French countryman Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (2) Saturday to reach the Open de Moselle final and stay on course for his first title of the year.

For the second consecutive match Simon did not face a single break point.

In the final Simon plays either two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France or eighth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany, who meet later Saturday. This is Tsonga's first tournament since a knee injury forced him to drop out of his second-round match at Wimbledon

Simon, who lost the Eastbourne final in June, broke Mahut in the fifth game and took the first set against serve when Mahut planted a weak shot into the net.

Gilles Simon (Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images)


(Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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