Marseille, France – Top seed and former champion Jo- Vilified Tsonga was a quarterfinal winner Friday at the Open 13 tennis event.
The 2009 Marseille titlist fired 14 aces and handled fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-5 on the indoor hardcourts at Palais des Sports. It marked the 200th match win of the former Australian Open runner-up Tsonga's career.
Also, Michael Llodra is one win away from reaching his third final here in four years after he downed 20-year-old qualifier and fellow Frenchman Albano Olivetti, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. The big-serving match featured 27 aces, including 14 for the winner, who held his serve throughout on Day 5.
The 388th-ranked Olivetti stunned second-seeded American Mardy Fish on Thursday.
The left-handed Llodra titled here in 2010 and was the Marseille runner- up in 2009.
The newest Marseille champ will collect $120,000.