Big win goes begging for Bernard
Australia’s Bernard Tomic squandered five match points as he suffered a tight three-set defeat to French third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the ATP Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille.
Tsonga eventually prevailed 4-6 6-3 7-6(10) and will play his first semifinal of 2013 when he meets French compatriot Gilles Simon for a place in the final.
Simon beat second-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, last weekend’s Rotterdam champion, who needed treatment on a thigh injury, 6-4 6-3 in his quarterfinal.
“I felt I was playing better than him, but there were some holes in my game,” said Tsonga after his match against 20-year-old Tomic, the world No.46.
“I am happy to get through because it was very, very tense.”