Tsonga dumps third seed Edmund out in Marrakech

Wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga booked a last-eight spot at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Wednesday with victory over 2018 runner-up Kyle Edmund.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world number 116   -  Getty Images

Kyle Edmund's hopes of a second successive final appearance at the Grand Prix Hassan II were ended on Wednesday as the third seed was beaten by wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Edmund made his first career final in Marrakech 12 months ago before losing to Pablo Andujar in straight sets.

The Briton returned to Morocco in 2019 hoping to go one better, but Tsonga was too strong as he recorded a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 victory.

Having edged a tight opening set after a tie-break, Tsonga gained the first break of the match in game five of the second set.

Edmund battled hard to stay in the match but Tsonga's service games were too good and it is the Frenchman who moves onto a quarterfinal against qualifier Lorenzo Sonego - the Italian having beaten Robin Haase 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

Former champion Gilles Simon – who triumphed in 2008 – is also into the last eight thanks to a straight-sets victory over Guido Andreozzi.

Simon's 6-2 6-2 win only took 66 minutes, setting up a meeting with Taro Daniel.