Red-hot Tsonga seals another final berth in Vienna

Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga set up an all-French final in Vienna, with the latter having won their previous two meetings.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in action.   -  Getty Images

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's fine indoor form continued on Saturday as he edged out Philipp Kohlschreiber to set up a Vienna Open final against fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Tsonga claimed his fourth title of 2017 in Antwerp last week and has emerged as a late contender for a place at the ATP Finals.

His bid to secure one of the two remaining qualifying spots was strengthened in Austria by a 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 victory over Kohlschreiber - his 10th win in succession against the veteran German.

As a result, Tsonga — the runner-up to Andy Murray in last year's Vienna final — now boasts a 20-2 record in indoor matches this season.


Pouille stands between Tsonga and another tournament success, the former having come from behind to beat Kyle Edmund 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 6-3 and reach his first ATP 500 final.

The two previous meetings between Tsonga and Pouille, including a final in Marseille this February, have resulted in 6-4 6-4 wins for the 2008 Australian Open runner-up.

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