Open 13, Marseille: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to face Ernests Gulbis in Sunday's final

Last Updated: 22/02/14 9:06pm

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Frenchman bidding for third title in Marseille

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Frenchman bidding for third title in Marseille

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stayed on track for a successful defence of his Open 13 title after a straight-sets victory over Jan-Lennard Struff saw him advance to the final in Marseille.

The Frenchman also won this title in 2009, but Struff made him battle for his hat-trick chance as he took the first set to a tie-break.

World No 10 Tsonga eventually showed his class, though, and prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 7-5.

The 28-year-old will face Ernests Gulbis in Sunday's final, the Latvian having ended hopes of an all-French showdown with victory over Richard Gasquet.

A tight battle was expected between the first and third seeds but in the end it was a relatively simple job for Gulbis as he claimed a 6-3 6-2 win.

"Today was very good," Gulbis told www.atpworldtour.com.

"Everything was working: serve, backhand. I was a bit tired from yesterday, so I just tried to keep the points short and I felt so good doing that."

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