Simon advances at Moselle Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 18, 2013
Frenchman Gilles Simon beat sixth-seeded Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (1) Friday to reach the Moselle Open semifinals. Simon took control of the tiebreaker by hitting a forehand passer down the line to open up a 3-1 lead. He then forced an error at the net from Querrey, who swiped his racket in frustration after losing the next point. Simon opened his shoulders to hit a crisp forehand winner that set up five match points and he converted the first when Querrey's awkward shot sank into the net. Simon, who did not face a single break point, next plays countryman Nicolas Mahut after he beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-4. The 31-year-old Mahut is blossoming late in his career and won his first two singles titles this summer. Simon, the 2010 champion, is chasing his first title of the season after reaching his fifth semifinal of the year. Later Friday, two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France was playing Germany's Tobias Kamke and eighth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany took on Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.
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