Vienna Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Philipp Kohlschreiber to set up all-French final against Lucas Pouille

The 15th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who won the event in 2011, is aiming for his fifth title of the year.

AP October 29, 2017 15:32:29 IST
Vienna Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Philipp Kohlschreiber to set up all-French final against Lucas Pouille

Vienna: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 7-6(4), 7-5 at the Erste Bank Open on Saturday to set up a final against fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Vienna Open JoWilfried Tsonga beats Philipp Kohlschreiber to set up allFrench final against Lucas Pouille

Jo Wilfried Tsonga celebrates during his semi-final match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. AP

In the first semi-final, Pouille rallied to beat Kyle Edmund of Britain 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-4 to reach his fourth final of the season. He won titles in Budapest and Stuttgart.

The 15th-ranked Tsonga, who won the event in 2011, is after his fifth title of the year.

He has not dropped a set against Pouille in their two previous meetings.

A day after defeating top-seeded Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, Tsonga improved to 11-1 against Kohlschreiber. The Frenchman recovered from a break down to win the opening set, and added another break at 5-5 in the second.

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