Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasts Nick Kyrgios in three set win — ATP Marseille


The Frenchman secured his first title since 2015 last week in Rotterdam and maintained his form in the face of some typically inspired play by the unpredictable Kyrgios.

The much-maligned Australian was unable to defend his Marseille crown losing to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4.

Tsonga is in his second straight final, having won the title in Rotterdam last week and will face the victor of the second semifinal between his countrymen Richard Gasquet and Lucas Pouille.

He was broken at the start of the match and again at 3-3 in the second set as Tsonga secured his second title of 2017.

And he carried that momentum into the final, seeing off a player in Pouille who beat Rafael Nadal en route to the US Open quarter-finals a year ago.

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Tsonga said: "I'm on top form right now so let's see".

Pouille and Tsonga have only met once before, Tsonga winning on the clay in Monaco last season.

"I wanted to show him I'd be there for each shot", said Tsonga, who will now climb to eighth in the ATP world rankings.

After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the second set, Gasquet won three straight to make a match of it, but Pouille served out the match on his second opportunity, clinching with a forehand volley into the open court. "I'll need to serve well to beat him".

"I was never in too much danger".

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