Raonic Ends Title Drought in St. Pete
Canadian Milos Raonic won his first ATP title in over a year on Sunday at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, with the No. 2 seed beating No. 7-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the championship match.
Raonic hadn’t lost his serve all week until the second set of the final. “It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had,” said Raonic after moving to the 12th spot in the 2015-only points standings. “It is something that will require a lot of winning the rest of this year, but I believe I can do it.”
Raonic improved to 7-8 career in finals, while Sousa fell to 1-5, going 0-3 in 2015 thus far.
Tsonga Ends Title Drought in France
In an all-French final, No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset No. 2 Gilles Simon 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday in the final of the Moselle Open in Metz, France, which was a rematch of the 2013 final which Simon had won.
Tsonga was competing in a fourth Metz final over the last five years. Simon was competing for a third career Metz title after winning in 2010 and 2013.
“It’s my first [win] of the year and I hope it will continue,” Tsonga said. “It’s a good achievement for me. Gilles is very difficult to play against. You need energy with each ball you play against him. He’s a good defender and is always ready to play passing shots.”
Tsonga improved to 12-9 in career finals, while Simon dropped to 12-6.
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