Tsonga sees off Pouille to clinch third Open 13 title

Posted February 27, 2017

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga closed in on a second consecutive ATP Tour title after defeating defending champion Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the Open 13 in Marseille. Victory also marks a real return to form for the 2016 US Open quarter-finalist.

Second seed Tsonga, now 11th in the ATP rankings, notched up a 6-4, 6-4 win over fourth seed Pouille to become Marseille champion for a third time.

"I thought I served and returned really well today", Kyrgios said.

Tsonga never faced a break point as he added a third Marseille title to his collection after victories in 2009 and 2013.

The 21-year-old Australian fired down 15 aces and lost just six points on serve in a ruthless display that lasted less than an hour.

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The crucial point of the tiebreaker was when Kyrgios missed a forehand long, Tsonga doing well to block the serve back into play and he led 4-2, which was extended to 6-3 and on the third time of asking, the second seed wrapped up the opening set.

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

But he will have to overcome two home players if he is to retain his crown. "I tried my best, but he was too good".

The 31-year-old, on a seven-match winning streak, is bidding to win a second tournament in successive weeks after triumphing in Rotterdam last week.

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