Marseille Open: Kyrgios two wins away from title

The 21-year-old Australian fired down 15 aces and lost just six points on serve in his quarterfinal match that lasted less than an hour.

"I think I'm pretty aggressive on my returns, particularly here where I'm trying to get in the first big hit."   -  AFP

Nick Kyrgios kept on course to defend his Marseille Open title with a 6-3, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Slovak qualifier Norbert Gombos on Friday.

The 21-year-old Australian fired down 15 aces and lost just six points on serve in a ruthless display that lasted less than an hour.

In Saturday's semifinal he will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who thumped compatriot Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-1.

"I thought I served and returned really well today," said Kyrgios. "All that matters is that I'm going out there and playing every point hard.

"I think I'm pretty aggressive on my returns, particularly here where I'm trying to get in the first big hit."

A year ago, Kyrgios beat Marin Cilic in the final.

Tsonga came through a quarterfinal between two twice former winners thanks to converting four of seven break points.

The 31-year-old, on a seven-match winning streak, is bidding to win a second tournament in successive weeks after triumphing in Rotterdam last week.