Defending champion Kyrgios into semifinals in Marseille

Marseille Open: Nick Kyrgios faces French rest in en route to title defense

The Frenchman secured his first title since 2015 last week in Rotterdam and maintained his form in the face of some typically inspired play by the unpredictable Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios' Marseille Open title defence is over and he went down whining in a tough three-set battle with in-form Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals.

Second seed Tsonga came through a quarter-final between two twice former winners thanks to converting four of seven break points.

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"I've seen referees wait five, six seconds even when the ball's gone out", Kyrgios said.

Tsonga, a victor of this event in 2009 and 2013, withstood another powerful serving performance by Kyrgios, who fired 16 aces in his bid to repeat as champion.

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.

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Fourth seed Pouille advanced to the tournament decider by defeating another of the local contingent in Richard Gasquet, 7-5, 6-3.

Tsonga and Pouille have met only once before, when Tsonga came out victor in their FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter at the 2016 Monte-Carlo Masters on clay.

Another forehand long from Del Potro gave Raonic a 7-6 lead and the Canadian won a third straight point to reach his first final of the season. I will have to make choices', said Tsonga after the title won in Marseille. "I tried my best, but he was too good".

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