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Tennis: Tsonga profits from rare outdoor-indoor switch

Former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga profited from a rare switch from outdoor to indoor conditions because of severe heat Thursday as he powered into the Australian Open's third round. With temperatures hitting 42 Celsius (107 Fahrenheit), organisers brought the tournament's extreme heat policy into effect after the first set, closing the Hisense Arena roof. Tenth seed Tsonga, who needed a tiebreaker to win the opening set, proceeded to breeze past Bellucci in straight sets, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4 and into the last 32 at the Grand Slam.

Tennis: Simon hurts ankle to send Gasquet to Kooyong final

Richard Gasquet reached the final of the Kooyong Classic on Friday as fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon rolled his ankle and was forced to retire on the eve of the Australian Open. Simon turned his right ankle on the first point of the second game of the second set after Gasquet won the first set in 51 minutes, handing the match to his countryman 7-6 (7/4), 1-0. "It's tough to see a good friend in this condition," said Gasquet, who added that the back problems he felt in previous matches were becoming less of a problem.

Tennis: Jet-lagged Simon edges into Thailand semis

Former champion Gilles Simon battled a back injury and jet lag to book his spot in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over Dutchman Igor Sijsling on Friday. Simon, seeded fourth and winner of the Bangkok event in 2009, called for the trainer after the opening game of the final set, but recovered to take the game and continue a strong run of form. The Frenchman, who is ranked 14 in the world, came to Thailand on the back of taking the title in Metz last weekend, where he beat compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and has been fighting jet lag all week.

Tennis: Simon trumps Tsonga in Metz Open

Second-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon won the 11th title of his career when he outplayed top seed and compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the ATP Metz Open. Simon, whose summer has been plagued by whooping cough and its after-effects, only entered the tournament on a wildcard.

Returning Tsonga, Simon set up all-French final

METZ, France (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will aim to cap his comeback from injury with a third consecutive title at the Metz Open on Sunday after setting up a final against compatriot Gilles Simon. World number eight Tsonga, returning this week from a knee injury that sidelined him for three months after forcing him to retire from his second-round match at Wimbledon in June, recovered from a set down to beat German Florian Mayer 4-6 6-2 6-3 in their semi-final on Saturday.

Simon survives dogfight with old warrior Hewitt

By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Gilles Simon became the first Frenchman into the second round at Roland Garros but the 15th seed scraped through the hard way after surrendering the opening two sets to Australian former world number one Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday. Home favorite Simon battled back to win 3-6 1-6 6-4 6-1 7-5 although he looked like capitulating late on when old warrior Hewitt won five games in a row from 5-0 behind in the decider.

Frenchman Simon suffers early exit in Monte Carlo

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - Last year's semi-finalist Gilles Simon suffered a shock 6-3 7-6 loss to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the Monte Carlo Masters first round on Monday. Roared on by the crowd, the 11th-seeded Frenchman saved five match points in the tiebreak before handing his opponent victory with a netted backhand. Simon has struggled on clay this year, also losing the decisive match when France lost to Argentina in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last weekend.

UPDATE 7-Tennis-Indian Wells men's singles round 2 results

March 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Indian Wells Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Saturday 6-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Mischa Zverev (Germany) 6-2 6-4 5-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 7-6(3) 6-2 Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat 9-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 6-2 6-0 27-Florian Mayer (Germany) beat David Goffin (Belgium) 6-4 6-2 10-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 7-6(1) 6-2 20-Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 7-5 6-4 Ivan Dodig (Croa

UPDATE 3-Tennis-Marseille Open men's singles round 2 results

Feb 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Marseille Open Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 7-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Julien Benneteau (France) 7-6(0) 6-3 2-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Michael Llodra (France) 3-6 7-6(4) 7-5 6-Gilles Simon (France) beat Roberto Bautista (Spain) 6-3 6-1 Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) beat 4-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 7-6(4) 6-2

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Del Potro on fire as he sets up final with Benneteau

(Recasts after second semi-final) By Theo Ruizenaar ROTTERDAM, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin del Potro is favourite to add his name to the banner of champions wrapped around the Ahoy Arena after beating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 at the World Indoor Tournament on Saturday. Runner-up last year, he will face Julien Benneteau, conqueror of champion Roger Federer, in Sunday's final after the Frenchman eliminated compatriot Gilles Simon 6-4 7-6.
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