Kyrgios sets up Tsonga semi-final at Open 13

Defending champion Nick Kyrgios will square off against second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals of the Open 13 in Marseille on Saturday.

The Australian, seeded third this week, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Slovakian qualifier Norbert Gombos in the first quarter-final of the day.

Gombos secured a couple of impressive upset victories on the way to last eight, but his run came to an end against a determined Kyrgios, who converted 3 of 10 break point chances and never faced a single break point on his own serve.

Kyrgios also fired no less than 15 aces to Gombos' three, a clear indication of his superiority on serve.

“I thought I served and returned really well today,” said Kyrgios. “All that matters is that I’m going out there and playing every point hard. I think I’m pretty aggressive on my returns, particularly here where I’m trying to get in the first big hit.”

Awaiting Kyrgios in the semi-finals is Tsonga, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in one hour and 16 minutes.

Also advancing on Friday was another Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, after he beat 21-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

He moves on to face the winner of the match between two more home favourites, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. They were due in action later in the evening.