Raonic, Tsonga Win ATP Titles Over Weekend
by Staff | September 27th, 2015, 4:06 pm

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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14 Comments for Raonic, Tsonga Win ATP Titles Over Weekend

M Says:

Go, Serious Hair!

Congratulations, Milos – so nice to see you recovered from injury and doing well. Well done!

(Nice smile, too. :-))

FedExpress Says:

wtf has happened to gulbis? will he ever hit top form like he did in 2013/2014?

it is just sad to watch him considerung how talended he is

served for the set in the 1st, got broke, lost in the TB. got broke in the 2nd, couldntr break back, retired. Reason? mental hedache? didnt look injured to me

i bet if he plays top players like djokovic, murray etc he is more up for it and motivated than playing “little” players. he doesnt care anymore

jalep Says:

FedExpress, Gulbis has a wrist injury now, apparently


Who can know with him. He’s not getting any younger but let’s hope he comes up with another good season, right?

Wog Boy Says:

This looks like a neutral thread, pretty good shot by Nole during practice in Belgrade:


jalep Says:

ohhh that is good! one-handed bh secret weapon. nice.

jalep Says:

Take that, Stan! hehe
can’t stop watching it…

jane Says:

did he just chest bump vajda? ha ha.

jalep Says:

jane, being a total fangirl. just watched over an hour of Nole youtube, Nole being funny, Nole age 6, best of …ect., … love Nole!

jane Says:

me too jalep, obviously! i’ve been caught in the novak-you-tube-vortex myself. there are certainly worse places to be stuck…. ;-)

jalep Says:

ah…sometimes can’t help getting sucked into the vortex. Look at Flavia and Fabio in Lurveeee


jane Says:

such a gorgeous couple they are, jalep.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep dont know if you saw it but i left you a post on the coma thread,just to say thanks again for that Radiohead video,as i love that Indie type dirty rocker grunge style of music….

jalep Says:

Just went and saw it, Gypsy. Glad you enjoyed it. Not to everyone’s taste for sure. Have been into them a long time and don’t listen to them as much as I used to but every now and then I binge on them again; “There, There”, “House of cards”, “Weird Fishes”, “2+2=5”, “Reckoner” lately….

Pretty random post but really that Bertrand Contat piece sort of reminded me of some of Thom Yorke.

jalep Says:

Gypsy – the lyrics on the screen. Liked this vid because the lyrics use “yer” not “you” hehe, so… Scottish. Like their live videos best. “Reckoner”

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