Following straight set victories in their semi-final contests, French No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Latvian No. 1 Ernests Gulbis will meet in the final of the Open 13 on Sunday afternoon. Both competitors will be looking to secure their first ATP World Tour title of the season.
World No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to his first ATP World Tour final of the season, as he edged past Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(4), 7-5 on Saturday evening. Tsonga hit 10 aces and managed 2/7 break points to defeat the tough Struff and set up his first final in 2014.
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.”
Following their quick encounter, Gasquet, who reached the finals in Montpellier two weeks ago, admit that he was simply outplayed by a better competitors on Saturday afternoon.
“It was very difficult for me,” admitted Gasquet “He was just better. On a fast surface like this, it’s very tough to play against somebody like Ernests. He was just more powerful than me and didn’t have any weakness. I didn’t have any chances, not a single break point.”
The Open 13 final between Tsonga-Gulbis takes place Sunday afternoon.