Italian Lorenzo Sonego (65th at ATP) beat Frenchman Gilles Simon (175th) on Thursday, who was making his last appearance at the ATP 250 tournament in Metz, in two sets, 7-6 (7/2), 6- 4, ending the Frenchman's adventure in the second round.
The French veteran, who had come out of qualifying to reach the final table, tied the game in the first set before collapsing in the decisive game, lost 7/2.
The Itailen then seemed to be on their way to an easy success by taking the commitment of their opponent twice to lead 5-2 in the second set. But Simon broke and came back to one game (5-4) before stalling to let Sonego win on his first match point (6-4).
It was Gilles Simon's 13th participation in the Moselle Open, a tournament he won three times, in 2010, 2013 and 2018. The Frenchman has only one more tournament to play before ending his career at the end of the year, after the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000.
After his defeat, Simon was treated to a small ceremony from the organizers to thank him for his active support for maintaining the tournament in Metz in 2016 when it was a question of the competition being relocated to Asia.
In the quarter-finals, Sonego will be opposed to the American Sebastian Korda (49th), who defeated the No. 3 seed, the Italian Lorenzo Musetti (30th).