A few notable matches tomorrow before the tour heads to Asia. In France, JW Tsonga and Gilles Simon meet for the Metz title.
Tsonga scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over Phil Kohlschreiber. Simon beat Martin Klizan.
“I’m very happy to be in the final,” said Tsonga. “I already played in three finals here and won two. In French, we always say ‘never two without three’ so I hope I will do it.”
Tsonga and Simon have owned the Metz event, winning the title now five of the last six years. They each have two wins apiece.
In St. Petersburg, Milos Raonic seeks his first title since 2014 Washington as he takes on Joao Sousa. Raonic is currently No. 13 in the ATP Race and his push for the year-end London event starts Sunday with a much-needed victory.
Raonic beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 7-6(2) while Sousa stopped Dominic Thiem. Sousa’s quietly now made three ATP finals this year. For Raonic, he’s seeking his first indoor title in two years.
On the women’s tour, former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic wrapped up the Guangzhou title. And tomorrow the surging Belinda Bencic meets Agnieszka Radwanska for the Tokyo title.
Just 18, Bencic has impressively won 8 of 10 matches against Top 10 players this year, including a win last month over Serena Williams and today she beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4. And with a win over Radwanska she’ll crack the Top 10.
But Top 10 shouldn’t be the goal. She’s playing like someone who’s going to go far, far higher.
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