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Tsonga beats Kyrgios to reach Open 13 final

2017 Australian Open - Day 3

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays a backhand in his second round match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on day three of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MARSEILLE, France -- Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated defending champion Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 Saturday at the Open 13, guaranteeing an all-French final at the indoor tournament.

The first ever matchup between the pair was a hard-fought contest as Tsonga weathered 16 aces from the third-seeded Australian and broke early in the decider to prevail.

Tsonga, who won his 13th career title in Rotterdam last week, is bidding to add a third Marseille trophy after victories in 2009 and 2013.

The other semifinal sees an all-French match between Lucas Pouille and Richard Gasquet.