A competitive first set saw Simon hold easily from start to finish, whereas Tsonga had to fight off six break points. So it came as little surprise when the No. 2 seed surged to a 5-2 lead in the ensuing tiebreaker. Out of nowhere, though, Tsonga won five consecutive points to steal the set.
Simon recovered quickly to dominate the middle frame of play with the loss of just a single game. Again, however, Tsonga flipped the script in sudden and decisive fashion. The world No. 17 survived a deuce game to begin the third then never came close to dropping serve the rest of the way. He converted his second championship point with Simon serving at 2-5, ad-out.
In the St. Petersburg Open title match, Milos Raonic out-aced Joao Sousa 22-0 as the Canadian got the job done 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Raonic saved nine of 10 break points on his way to a triumph after two hours and six minutes of high-quality tennis.
“First of all I’m sorry that I don’t speak Russian,” Sousa told the crowd during the trophy ceremony. “I want to [congratulate] Milos. I think he played a great match and deserved to win. I gave my best but today he was better.”
“That was a fantastic final to be a part of,” Raonic assured.