Simon beats Mahut to reach final in France

The Associated Press
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Gilles Simon of France plays a return to Feliciano Lopez of Spain during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

METZ, France (AP) -- Second-seeded Gilles Simon used a strong serve to beat Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (2) Saturday and reach the Open de Moselle final.

He'll play either two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or eighth-seeded Florian Mayer, who meet later Saturday. This is Tsonga's first tournament since a knee injury forced him to drop out of his second-round match at Wimbledon.

Simon broke Mahut in the fifth game and took the first set when Mahut hit a shot into the net.

Simon did not face a break point for the second consecutive match.