2/23/13 7:14 PM | Cheryl Murray
Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made short work of their semifinal matches to set up a blockbuster meeting in the Marseille final.
Tomas Berdych (1) def. Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 6-1
The Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych took just 54 minutes to dispatch of Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov. The Russian made a splash this week, surprising No. 4 seed Janko Tipsarevic and advancing to the semifinals, but he didn't have the goods to damage Berdych's game.
The Czech served up 9 aces in the brief match and faced just 2 break points, both of which came in the second set; Tursunov did not convert on either opportunity. Berdych not only served well, he also returned well. He snagged a break and an insurance break in both sets to take the win and earn his spot in Sunday's final.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (3) def. Gilles Simon (6) 6-2, 6-2
Gilles Simon made things easy on countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The No. 6 seed played a game full of unforced errors on routine shots. Tsonga need not have played more than a clean match to defeat Simon with his countryman struggling off the ground.
Simon had a trio of break point chances in the first set, but he was unable to convert and Tsonga rolled through not only that set but also the second. Simon held serve in the second through 2-2, but from there on, Tsonga reeled off 4 games in a row to give his compatriot the boot in 1 hour and three minutes.
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