Jo-Wilfried Tsonga brushes aside Pouille to win third Marseille title

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga found a way to get past Nick Kyrgios' serve to earn a three-set victory in the semi-finals of the Open 13 Marseille.

The 31-year-old won his third career Marseille crown for a 14th career title, and his second of 2017 after Rotterdam last week.

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

He was broken at the start of the match and again at 3-3 in the second set as Tsonga secured his second title of 2017.

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Sixth seed Richard Gasquet overcame top seed Gael Monfils in an all-French quarter-final 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2.

Kyrgios won his first ATP title at this event in Marseille past year, but will not repeat the feat after Tsonga claimed a 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 6-4 victory.

And he carried that momentum into the final, seeing off a player in Pouille who beat Rafael Nadal en route to the US Open quarter-finals previous year.

"I wanted to show him I'd be there for each shot", said Tsonga, who will now climb to eighth in the ATP world rankings.

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

Pouille thumped Gasquet in straight sets and had even been leading 5-0 in the second set.

"Jo is right back on form and I'm glad to be playing him tomorrow". I served very well when I needed too and for Lucas it was hard to create opportunities.'​.

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