OPEN 13 2014
Gasquet To Face Gulbis In Marseille SFs; Tsonga Advances
by ATP Staff|
The top seed defeated fifth seed Ivan Dodig 7-5, 6-3 in 84 minutes on Friday to keep alive his chances of lifting a fourth ATP World Tour title on French soil. Gasquet has lifted silverware on 10 occasions, including at 2006 Lyon, 2010 Nice and 2013 Montpellier. He will next face third seed Ernests Gulbis.
Gulbis maintained his recent run of form by striking nine aces past eighth seed Nicolas Mahut in a 6-3, 7-6(1) win, which saw him lose just three of his first service points. He also advanced to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals at Rotterdam last week (l. to Berdych).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moved to within two wins of retaining his Marseille title as he defeated fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes. The second seed won the Marseille title in 2009 (d. Llodra) and 2013 (d. Berdych) and reached the semi-finals for the fifth time as he fired 13 aces and converted four of his eight break points.
The 28-year-old Tsonga goes on to face Jan-Lennard Struff in Saturday’s semi-finals. World No. 117 Struff reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final as he backed up his second-round win over seventh seed Julien Benneteau by denying another Frenchman Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-3 in 60 minutes.
Hanley/Marray To Contest Doubles Final
Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray advanced to their first ATP World Tour doubles final as a team after a 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 win over Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic. Hanley will be looking to improve on a 26-24 mark in title matches, while Marray has a 1-2 mark. Second-seeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin play Germans Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko in the semi-finals on Saturday.