Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shocked by Jan-Lennard Struff at St. Petersburg Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga missed out on a place in the last four at St. Petersburg Open as Roberto Bautista Agut reached that stage once again

tennis Updated: Sep 23, 2017 10:12 IST
OmniSport, St. Petersburg
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,Jan-Lennard Struff,St. Petersburg Open
Jan-Lennard Struff returns to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament quarterfinals on Friday.(AP)

Jan-Lennard Struff shocked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg Open on Friday.

Second seed Tsonga suffered a 3-6 6-3 6-2 defeat to Struff, who denied the Frenchman a 30th match win of the year.

Tsonga was a set and a break up but eighth seed Struff produced a marvellous comeback to set up a semi-final with Damir Dzumhur, who ended qualifier Liam Broady’s run with a three-set triumph.

Top seed Roberto Bautista Agut had no such problems against Viktor Troicki, cruising to a 6-1 6-2 victory to reach the last four of the event for the third successive year.

“The score looks easy, but the match wasn’t,” said Bautista Agut. “Viktor is always tough to beat, a very good fighter and serves well.”

He will now face third seed Fabio Fognini for a place in the tournament showpiece, the Italian having hammered Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-0 in under an hour.

First Published: Sep 23, 2017 10:12 IST