Metz, France (Sports Network) - A Frenchman won the Moselle Open title for a fifth straight year, but for the first time in three years it was not Jo- Wilfried Tsonga.
Gilles Simon denied Tsonga a three-peat with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in Sunday's final.
The second-seeded Simon previously won this indoor hard court event in 2010 and improved to 11-4 lifetime in title matches. He is 1-1 this year, having lost to Feliciano Lopez at the Wimbledon tune-up in Eastbourne back in June.
Tsonga, the top seed this week, had won the last two titles in Metz and Sunday's loss dropped his finals record to 10-8. Half of those 10 titles have come in his native France, including a win over Tomas Berdych at the Marseille final back in February.
"I'm sad about losing the final today, but I'm happy with my week," said Tsonga, who was playing in his first tournament since suffering a left knee injury at Wimbledon. "Gilles was just better than me today. He's a great player and he was very solid during the whole match."
Simon hadn't won a tournament since last April in Bucharest. He improved to 3-5 lifetime against Tsonga and beat his countrymate on a surface other than clay for the first time.
Prior to Simon and Tsonga's split of the most recent four Metz titles, Gael Monfils started the run of native winners in 2009.
Simon, who did not drop a set all week, collected a first prize of $101,000.
09/22 14:46:07 ET