Teenager Zverev beats Tsonga in France

Rising 19-year-old star Alexander Zverev continued to underline his huge potential after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in front of his home fans at the Open Sud de France on Saturday.

Second seed Tsonga had looked in good form throughout the week in Montpellier, making light work of his opponents, but came unstuck against his young German opponent despite being a set and a break up at one point.

The Frenchman came out on top in a tie-break after a fiercely contested and break-less first set and then broke Zverev's serve in the very first game of the second.

Victory seemed assured at that stage, but Zverev was about to roar into action. He broke twice to win four games in a row and then claimed a third break point a few games later to level the scores at a set apiece.

The third set was another close affair, with few break points on offer, but with Tsonga serving at 4-5 to stay in the game, Zverev pounced to earn a break and match point, snatching it immediately to secure a 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Awaiting Zverev in the final is third seed Richard Gasquet, who came out on top in an all-French battle with Benoit Paire in the day's other semi-final.

Gasquet claimed five breaks to Paire's one to wrap up victory in one hour and 10 minutes.

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