On-song Tsonga to tackle Pouille in all-French final

Posted February 27, 2017

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became Open 13 champion for the third time as the Frenchman saw off the country's brightest young tennis talent in Lucas Pouille to claim a straight sets victory in the final.

Victory Sunday in the final would mean a career first for Tsonga of back-to-back ATP triumphs and marks a real return to form for the 2016 US Open quarter-finalist.

He was broken at the start of the match and again at 3-3 in the second set as Tsonga secured his second title of 2017.

Tsonga improved to a 17-3 record on the season.

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 past year.

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The afro-ed French No. 1 player is predicted to climb from 11 to No. 7 on the ATP rankings.

"I'm on top form right now so let's see", Tsonga said. I will have to make choices', said Tsonga after the title won in Marseille.

The 23-year-old Pouille won the opening set by breaking Gasquet in the 12th game and carried the momentum into the second set by winning the first five games to remove any suspense. "I tried my best, but he was too good".

The Philippine-Belarussian duo were due to face second seeds Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Rajeev Ram of the U.S. in the final after they ousted Jonathan Erlich of Israel and Scott Lipsky of the USA 6-3, 3-6, 10-1.