Sijsling moves on as Seppi retires from Metz opener

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Igor Sijsling advanced in Metz when Andreas Seppi retired with a lower back injury. (AP Photo)

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.

Former Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz, playing his first tournament since losing in the U.S. Open second round later Tuesday, was down a set to Adrian Mannarino of France.

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