Tomic narrowly misses big win
Bernard Tomic squandered five match points in losing a tight three-set match to French third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the ATP Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic squandered five match points as he suffered a tight three-set defeat to French third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the ATP Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille.
Tsonga eventually prevailed 4-6 6-3 7-6(10) and will play his first semifinal of 2013 when he meets French compatriot Gilles Simon for a place in the final.
Simon beat second-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, last weekend’s Rotterdam champion, who needed treatment on a thigh injury, 6-4 6-3 in his quarterfinal.
“I felt I was playing better than him, but there were some holes in my game,” said Tsonga after his match against 20-year-old Tomic, the world No.46.
“I am happy to get through because it was very, very tense.”
Earlier on Friday, Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov reached the last four with a 7-6(7) 1-6 7-5 victory over Gilles Muller, the big-serving player from Luxembourg.
Tursunov will face top-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who beat Polish seventh seed Jerzy Janowicz 6-3 6-7(0) 6-3 for a berth in the final.