Tennis

Tsonga makes Moselle Open semis

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METZ, France (AP)

Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France overcame a slow start to advance to the Moselle Open semifinals, beating American Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.

The first five games were tightly contested and took 35 minutes to complete, with Levine saving seven break points before the top-seeded Tsonga broke back and held for 3-2.

"I had to be fully focused because Jesse was in good shape," Tsonga said. "I'm happy with how I played and happy to reach the semifinals, even though I'm still making a few mistakes."

Tsonga will face eighth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Davydenko beat Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-0.

In the other quarterfinals, fifth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy beat fourth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany 7-5, 6-2, and seventh-seeded Gael Monfils of France topped second-seeded. Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4.

Monfils is returning from a knee injury.

"I'm feeling the strain, but I want to rise above the tiredness and the pain," Monfils said. "I'm surprising myself. I didn't expect to hold out for this long."

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