Tsonga edges into Erste Bank semi-final

Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the brave challenge of local wild card Dominic Thiem to reach the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open.


The Frenchman, who is one of the six players competing for four remaining spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, prevailed in Vienna 6-4 3-6 7-6.

Tsonga, the champion in 2011, next meets Robin Haase, who hit back from losing the first set to knock out third seed Fabio Fognini 6-7 6-1 6-1.

Tommy Haas will play eighth seed Lukas Rosol in the other semi.

Germany's Haas saw off Radek Stepanek 7-6 6-3, while eighth seed Rosol ousted qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-3 1-6 6-3.

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