Tsonga to face top-seed Mur­ray in Vienna fi­nal

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Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga saved a match point be­fore beat­ing Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6) and set­ting up a fi­nal to­day against topseeded Andy Mur­ray at the Erste Bank Open yes­ter­day.

Mur­ray ad­vanced be­cause de­fend­ing cham­pion David Fer­rer pulled out with a left leg in­jury shortly be­fore their semi­fi­nal.

Tour­na­ment direc­tor Her­wig Straka said Fer­rer vis­ited a pri­vate clinic, where doc­tors ad­vised him not to play.

Fer­rer al­ready looked ham­pered in Fri­day’s quar­ter­fi­nal, and he com­plained about mus­cle cramps after the 2 1/2-hour match against Serbia’s Vik­tor Troicki.

The Scot, who is chas­ing his 42nd ca­reer ti­tle, is on a 13-match win­ning streak after win­ning back-to-back ti­tles in Beijing and Shang­hai. He won in Vienna on his only pre­vi­ous visit, in 2014.

“I’m ob­vi­ously mo­ti­vated to try and fin­ish the sea­son as strong as I can,” Mur­ray said. “The first cou­ple of matches were re­ally tricky. But now that I get the chance to play for the ti­tle I hope­fully play my best match in the fi­nal.”

In his first fi­nal of the year, Tsonga is aim­ing for his 13th ca­reer ti­tle. He won the event in 2011.

Karlovic, who won in New­port and Los Ca­bos, missed out on his fourth fi­nal of the sea­son.

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