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Tsonga marches on in Marseille

ESPN staff
February 24, 2012
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to the semi-finals in Marseille © Getty Images

Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continued his French conquest as he stormed past Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Tsonga, who had already seen off fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the second round, booked his place in the semi-finals with a 6-4 7-5 victory over his compatriot.

Roger-Vasselin, ranked at No. 95 in the world, had his chances against Tsonga, but was left to rue a failure to make the most of his chances - converting just one of his 11 break point opportunities, while Tsonga grabbed three breaks from seven chances.

Tsonga was denied the chance to play another Frenchman in the semi-finals after Juan Martin del Potro won a tight battle against fifth seed Richard Gasquet. Del Potro, who reached the final in Rotterdam last week, dug deep to claim a 7-5 7-6(5) victory.

In the other half of the draw, 2010 champion Michael Llodra battled past world No. 388 Albano Olivetti. He will meet Janko Tipsarevic after the third seed beat Ivan Ljubicic.

Meanwhile at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, defending champion Nicolas Almagro moved into the semi-finals with a 6-3 7-5 win over Russia's Igor Andreev. Stanislas Wawrinka stands between Almagro and a place in the final after the Swiss cruised past fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-2.

Top seed David Ferrer also progressed courtesy of a straight-sets win over Fernando Gonzalez. The Spaniard was near flawless in his 6-2 6-4 thumping of his Chilean opponent, while home favourite David Nalbandian recorded a similarly comfortable win over Carlos Berlocq.

Elsewhere, in Memphis at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, No. 1 seed John Isner was sent crashing out in the quarter-finals. Isner slumped to a 6-3 7-6(6) defeat at the hands of Austria's Jurgen Melzer, while fellow seeds Radek Stepanek and Milos Raonic had no trouble moving into the semi-finals.

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