Tsonga, Monfils reach Metz semis

1:50 PM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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Metz, France (Sports Network) - Heavy French crowd favorites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils moved into the semifinals at the Moselle Open on Friday.

The top-seeded and defending Metz titlist Tsonga handled Canadian-born American Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4, while the seventh-seeded former top-10 star Monfils upended second-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4 in a 2-hour, 26-minute quarterfinal that marked a rematch of the 2009 Metz final, which was also won by the acrobatic Frenchman.

The world No. 7 Tsonga, who defeated former titlist Ivan Ljubicic in last year's Metz title match, popped seven aces and was broken only once by Levine on Friday.

Monfils returned to the ATP World Tour this week after being sidelined since May with a knee injury, which forced him to miss the French Open, Wimbledon, Olympics and U.S. Open.

In addition to his title here three years ago, Monfils was the runner-up at this event back in 2004.

Up next for the world No. 44 Monfils will be fifth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi, who ousted fourth-seeded German Florian Mayer 7-5, 6-2 on the indoor hardcourts at Metz Expo Parc.

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