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Vienna | Tsonga and Pouille make it an All-French final

Vienna | Tsonga and Pouille make it an All-French final

Despite some gutsy exchanges, Lucas Pouille proved too strong a player for Britain’s No.3 Kyle Edmund as the pair fought for a place in the final of the Vienna Open.

Edmund took the opening set on a tie-break but the Frenchman hit back to win a hard-fought contest 6-7(7) 6-4 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes.

Pouille had to save six break points in the opening set before racing into a 4-0 lead in the tie-break, the 23-year-old producing a brilliant backhand return winner down the line and benefiting from a double fault from the Briton.

I served really well. It's good, gives me confidence when I can serve like this. Hopefully it will continue like this tomorrow Jo-WlfriedTsonga

Edmund refused to throw in the towel and saved two set points before taking the tie-break 9-7 to move within a set of reaching his first final at ATP World Tour level.

However, the Beverley 22-year-old promptly dropped his serve at the start of the second to allow Pouille back into the match and two more breaks in the decider sealed the outcome.

Pouille fired 36 winners compared to Edmund’s 26, and served 13 aces.

Meanwhile in the second semi- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded eight, made it an All-French final when he toppled Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(4) 7-5.

It was Tsonga’s 10th straight win against the German who who has only defeated the Frenchman on one occasion.

Kohlschreiber actually dictated play for much of the match but Tsonga stepped up in the crucial moments. The German broke Tsonga early and led 2-1 but the Frenchman went on to win six of the next 10 games to take the opener.
There were no breaks in the second set until Tsonga hit a forehand winner at 5-5 to gain an edge. He then closed out the match with a service ace.
“I served really well. It’s good, gives me confidence when I can serve like this,” Tsonga said. “Hopefully it will continue like this tomorrow.”

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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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