ATP Marseille: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasts Nick Kyrgios in three set win

Tsonga survives Kyrgios test

In the semi-final, Tsonga had beaten Australia's defending champion Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-4.

However, during the first set, Kyrgios was refused a line challenge as the umpire deemed it too late for a referral.

Tsonga, who won his 13th career title in Rotterdam last week, is bidding to add a third Marseille trophy to his collection following victories in 2009 and 2013.

"I've seen referees wait 5-6 seconds after the ball's gone out", Kyrgios said, according to news.com.au. "I did what I had to do, it was great tennis".

Tsonga improved to a 17-3 record on the season.

Pouille was never able to threaten Tsonga, who won all but six points on serve and did not face a break point in the contest.


The top seed made it through an enthralling encounter with Juan Martin del Potro, winning 6-3 7-6 (8/6).

"You know it's going to be close, so it's about keeping disciplined and a positive attitude on the court", Raonic said.

But he will have to overcome two home players if he is to retain his crown.

Pouille thumped Gasquet in straight sets and had even been leading 5-0 in the second set. I served very well when I needed too and for Lucas it was hard to create opportunities.'​.

The Philippine-Belarussian duo were due to face second seeds Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Rajeev Ram of the U.S. in the final after they ousted Jonathan Erlich of Israel and Scott Lipsky of the USA 6-3, 3-6, 10-1.

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