Metz, France (4E Sports) – Gilles Simon defeated two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 6-3, Sunday to bag his second Moselle Open title, with the victory coming 13 days after the birth of his second son, Valentin.
“I cannot become a father every week,” Simon said. “It’s a beautiful story for sure. 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.
The title was Simon’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 ATP ranking points and 74,000 euros ($100,070) in prize money, which will bump him back inside the Top 15. Tsonga took home 150 points and 39,000 euros ($52,739) for his run to the final.
Tsonga was denied a place in history as the seventh active player to complete a three-peat on the ATP World Tour.
Meanwhile, Ernests Gulbis reeled off the final 11 games to complete a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 comeback win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the St. Petersburg Open final Sunday.
The sixth seed did not lose another game after trailing 3-6, 1-4, to claim his second ATP World Tour title of the season.
Gulbis, No. 36th in the world, won the fourth ATP World Tour title of his career and the first outside of the United States. He earned 250 rankings points and $78,000 in prize money, which will propel him back into the Top 30.
On the women’s side, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska edged Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4, in a two-hour, 45-minute epic to bag the KDB Korea Open title, her third WTA crown of the year and 13th of her career.
Radwanska, who pocketed the $500,000 top purse, became the fourth player to capture three or more WTA titles so far this season, after Serena Williams (who has nine WTA titles this year), Simona Halep (four) and Victoria Azarenka (three).