Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Nick Kyrgios to reach Marseille final

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Nick Kyrgios to reach Marseille final

The much-maligned Australian was unable to defend his Marseille crown losing to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4.

Second seed Tsonga lost his way in the second set but recovered to break once in the decider.

"I've seen referees wait 5-6 seconds after the ball's gone out", Kyrgios said, according to news.com.au.

Last week Tsonga won the Rotterdam title, where he came from a set down to beat the Belgian David Goffin.

Tsonga improved to a 17-3 record on the season. The French tennis player will become father for the first time in his life between late March and early April, and at the moment his presence in the first two Masters 1000 events of the year, Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Great Britain, is uncertain.

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Kyrgios went on to drop the first set but did bounce back to grab the second set, before Tsonga eventually won to advance to the final.

"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.

It would be Tsonga who had the first chances to break, holding a 0-40 lead on the Kyrgios serve, the Aussie getting out of trouble with big serving and he would use that momentum to break in the ninth game, a backhand-forehand combination giving him a 5-4 lead. "I tried my best, but he was too good".

In the semi-finals of the doubles, Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun and Leander Paes of India fell to a 6-2, 6-1 defeat to third seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in just 58 minutes.

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