Tsonga reaches China Open final

Last Updated: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 16:04

Beijing: World No.7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eased into his maiden China Open final after Spain`s Feliciano Lopez retired in the last four stage here Saturday.

Frenchman Tsonga took the first set 6-1 and was 4-1 up in the second when Lopez retired due to deteriorating physical condition, Xinhua reports.

Tsonga has been put to the test this week, scraping past Uzbekistan`s Denis Istomin after third set tie-breaker in the first round.

"During this week, my level goes better and better. I play one of my best tennis here," said Tsonga.

"Even if today Feliciano was not in good shape, and even if he has a problem, I played well."

The right-hander is bidding to win his third ATP World Tour title of the year when he faces either Serbia`s top seed Novak Djokovic or German Florian Mayer in Sunday`s final.

Tsonga owns a 2-0 career record against Mayer but trails Djokovic 5-7.

Talking about his potential final opponent Djokovic, who has defeated him five times in a row since 2011`s Wimbledon semi-finals, Tsonga said, "Novak beat me many times. He is the player who broke my dream. This time I will try to do better.

IANS



First Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 16:04

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