MARSEILLE, France (AP) - Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came through a stern test against 117th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff to win 7-6 (4), 7-5 Saturday, setting up an Open 13 final against third-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia after he upset top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-2.
Tsonga was pressured by the German player in both sets.
The Frenchman saved five break points in the first set. Struff broke his opponent at the start of the second set, before saving three break points of his own in the next game.
He leads 3-1 in career head-to-heads against Gulbis, who has won all four of his previous finals.
“Today was very good. Everything was working: serve, backhand,” Gulbis said. “I was a bit tired from yesterday, so I just tried to keep the points short and I felt so good doing that.”
“It was very difficult for me. He was just better,” Gasquet said. “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.”