Tsonga y Klizan vencen en Metz y San Petersburgo

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Los torneos de categoría ATP World Tour 250 de Metz y de San Petersburgo coronaron a Jo-Wilfried Tsonga y Martin Klizan con sensaciones diferentes para uno y otro.

El tenista galo repitió éxito en su país al llegar como máximo cabeza de serie y derrotar con suma facilidad al italiano Andreas Seppi por 6-1, 6-2 en la final en una semana en la que únicamente sufrió en semifinales al llegar a la tercera manga con Nikolay Davydenko, pero se terminó imponiendo por 6-4. De esta forma, Tsonga repite título sobre la pista dura de Metz y acumula nueve en su carrera, dos de ellos en 2012.

La sorpresa llegó en la cita de San Petersburgo, también de categoría ATP World Tour 250. Sobre la moqueta rusa, el eslovaco Martin Klizan estrenó su palmarés individual a sus 23 años al vencer con facilidad (6-2, 6-3) al italiano Fabio Fognini. En semifinales, Klizan sufrió ante el local Mikhail Youzhny al remontar un 7-6 inicial con un 4-6 y 6-7 final.

Gracias a este triunfo, Klizan se aúpa a la 33ª posición de la ATP, su mejor registro desde que es profesional en 2007.The ATP World Tour 250 tournaments in Metz and Saint Petersburg were won by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Martin Klizan, with each victory producing different feelings for both players.

The Frenchman once again was triumphant in his home country. He came into the tournament as the no. 1 seed and lifted the title after easily beating Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Apart from the semi-finals, when a third set was needed to see off Nikolay Davydenko, he had a relatively trouble free week. This was the second title Tsonga has picked up on the hard courts of Metz and the ninth of his career, two of which have been added to his collection this year.

The real upset came in Saint Petersburg, in the other ATP World Tour 250 final being played. On the Russian courts, Slovakia’s 23-year-old Martin Klizan picked up the first singles title of his career by making light work of Fabio Fognini (6-2, 6-3). The 23-year-old was made to work harder in the semi-finals when after taking an initial 4-6 lead against local favourite, Mikhail Youzhny, he dropped the second set 7-6 but only managed to win the match 6-7 in the deciding set.

Thanks to this victory, Klizan is now the no. 33 player in the ATP rankings, his highest position since turning professional in 2007.