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Ljubicic will face Tsonga in the final of the Moselle Open.

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Ivan Ljubicic blasted down 26 aces on his way to a 7-6 7-6 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the semi-finals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. World number 29 Muller set the tone by sending down four aces in the opening game, but Ljubicic quickly overhauled him and the 32-year-old veteran rallied from 3-2 down in the tiebreaker to win the next five points and take the first set 7-3. It was a similar story in the second set as the service dominated Muller finished the match with 18 aces, but he could not handle Ljubicic’s delivery. The end came when Muller sent a backhand volley wide to give Ljubicic a match point at 5-5 in the second breaker, which the fourth seed converted with yet another ace. Ljubicic will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday’s final after the top seed beat Ukrainian third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-4 in the second semi-final. World number 10 Tsonga has returned to form this year after battles against injury but remains without an ATP title since winning in Tokyo nearly two years ago, and will be hopeful of breaking that sequence on Sunday after coming through his last-four clash in one hour and 17 minutes. The Frenchman managed two breaks to Dolgopolov’s one to take the opening set, while a lone break in the second was sufficient to wrap up the victory with Tsonga’s own service game looking rock solid. Tsonga’s hopes of landing his first ATP crown since October 2009 will be firmly tested on Sunday, with Ljubicic enjoying a 3-2 advantage in five career meetings. World number 29 Ljubicic will be bidding for his 11th career title but his first of the year.

 

 

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