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Seppi retires at Moselle Open

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.



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METZ, France (AP) — Igor Sijsling advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle on Tuesday after Andreas Seppi retired with a lower back pain.

Sijsling, ranked 74th in the world, was leading 6-0, 4-1 when his Italian opponent called it quits after just 39 minutes on court.

In a match pitting together two qualifiers, Michal Przysiezny of Poland defeated local favorite Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) for only his second Tour win of the season. Przysiezny saved two break points in the third set and will face 2009 champion Gael Monfils in the next round.

After losing in the U.S. Open second round, former Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz rallied to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in just over two hours.

The seventh-seeded Janowicz earned the only break of the third set and will next face either Jarkko Nieminen or Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Two other Frenchmen bowed out in the first round as Laurent Lokoli lost 6-2, 6-4 against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy and qualifier Kenny De Schepper was defeated by German Tobias Kamke 6-3, 7-6 (5).

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