dglobalnews.com Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Lucas Pouille in all-French Marseille final
Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Lucas Pouille in all-French Marseille final

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

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.

That guaranteed an all-French final, and Tsonga will face fourth seed Lucas Pouille after he saw off Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-3.

The afro-ed French No. 1 player is predicted to climb from 11 to No. 7 on the ATP rankings. "I'll need to serve well to beat him", Pouille said.

The title at Rotterdam was the Frenchman's first ATP 500 series title since Vienna in 2011 when he beat Juan Martin del Potro.

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The difference in the number of mistakes between the two teams is perhaps also linked to the age difference between the two teams. They finished first in Champions League Group E, rewarding themselves with a home second leg against City.

Despite some shaky moments, Raonic fought off a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and closed out the match with his 17th ace to advance to a meeting with Sock, a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) victor over fellow American Donald Young.

He broke decisively in the third game of the third set when he slid a backhand up the line past a net-rushing Kyrgios.

The 23-year-old Pouille won the opening set by breaking Gasquet in the 12th game and carried the momentum into the second set by winning the first five games to remove any suspense.

Tsonga came through before Kyrgios showed his power to force a decider but his opponent's experience was too much as the home favourite progressed to Sunday's showpiece. He saved all three break points.

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