The world number 10 will defend his Open title 13 Sunday against Ernest Gulbis, who defeated Richard Gasquet
Certainly, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga loves Open 13 in Marseille. Winner of this event in 2009 and 2013, the titleholder dominated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, World 117th (7-6 , 7-5). He will meet Sunday Ernests Gulbis of Latvia which eliminated dryly Richard Gasquet.
Executioner in the previous rounds of the French David Guez, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra, the surprising Struff did not cross the barrier Tsonga. As in the previous round against his compatriot Roger Vasselin, Manceau suffered by removing five break points against him in the first set, before pocketing the tiebreak 7 points to 4.
If not playing the best tennis of his life, Tsonga enforces its position since the beginning of the week. “Physically everything goes well, said Manceau after his victory in the second round to face Davydenko. But I’m looking for a fund game, a minimum level. I am a player who does not lose often against lower-ranked players. After my break last year (a knee injury that has private including the U.S. Open, ed), I am rebuilding with a new team (former players Nicolas Escude and Thierry Ascione.) The purpose is to lay the bricks slowly for a large building at the end. The problem is that I am impatient, hot, I want it to happen tomorrow. It is important to take the time to do things and be the best possible. “Tsonga dream of winning his 11th career trophy. If successful, it would equal the record and Marc Rosset and Thomas Enqvist in Marseille.
“There was no much to do. He served perfectly. It has great back. It was too much for me today.” (Richard Gasquet)
He did not find Richard Gasquet in the final. Upgraded, it acknowledged the superiority of his opponent. “There has not been much to do. He served perfectly. It has great back. I made breaker whenever early set. When he plays like that, it has largely place in the top 10. It was too much for me today.” Gulbis, 23 th World, enormous talent, but talent wasted because of his dilettantism and his lifestyle not always perfect, is almost untouchable when it is in a good mood. After defeating Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, the world number 5 last week in the quarterfinals in Rotterdam, he continues with a second victory over a Top 10 in a few days.
Against Gasquet Latvian gave an overview of his immense qualities. Imperial service, 15 aces and 93% winning back his first ball, Gulbis left no chance Beziers who has not provided any break point. “When he is like this and he is full of confidence, it’s very complicated.” However, Tsonga will leave a slight favorite Sunday. Manceau leading 3-1 against Latvian. The only victory against the French back Gulbis at Wimbledon last season, the French being then reduced by a knee injury. Latvian try Sunday to win the fifth title of his career. There was never inclined final on the ATP circuit. Tsonga is prevented.
Gulbis (Let, 3) – Gasquet (Fra, 1) 6-3, 6-2
Tsonga (Fra) – Struff (All) 7-6, 7-5