A fantastic final between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ernests Gulbis has been set for the Open 13 tournament in Marseille. This marks the fifth time the two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the Tsonga vs Gulbis head-to-head standing at 3-1.
World No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to his first ATP World Tour final in 2014, as he defeated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets. The French No. 2 hit 10 aces and managed 2/7 break points to defeat Struff 7-6(4), 7-5 in one hour and 38 minutes. The 28-year-old Tsonga is after his third title in Marseille, having lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2013. It would also be his 11th ATP World Tour title in 19 finals.
Gulbis provided the upset of the day in Marseille, when he toppled French No. 1 and top seed Richard Gasquet in straight sets to reach the final. The world No. 23 hit 15 aces, converted 3/4 break points and served at 70% to secure the 6-3, 6-2 victory in 64 minutes. He is 4-0 in ATP World Tour finals and will be looking to maintain that undefeated streak tomorrow afternoon against Tsonga.
“Today was very good,” said Gulbis. “Today, 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.”
The two competitors have previously met on four occasions on the professional circuit, with Tsonga leading the head-to-head series 3-1. His three victories came in consecutive fashion on hard courts, yet his sole loss to Gulbis came in their latest encounter at last year’s Wimbledon Championships, when the Frenchman retired from the second round contest due to an injury. The Latvian has been in top form all week in Marseille, yet will now be facing a far more powerful opponent Gasquet, and will require far more than a strong serve to lift the trophy.
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