Gasquet sets up all-French final versus Pouille in Montpellier

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MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Richard Gasquet overcame a second-set meltdown to beat top-seeded David Goffin 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 and set up an all-French final against Lucas Pouille at the Open Sud de France on Saturday.

Gasquet and Goffin dropped serve three times, but the fifth-seeded Gasquet had the edge by winning 79 percent of his first-serve points and hitting eight aces.

Second-seeded Pouille was trailing 6-1, 5-5 when No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suddenly retired. It was not immediately clear what Tsonga's injury was.

Pouille saved match points on his second serve twice in the ninth game.

Serving for the match, it was Tsonga's turn to trail 30-40 and he saved a break point on his second serve. But Pouille took his next opportunity to level the set at 5-5.

Moments later, Tsonga called it quits and Pouille carried his bag off court.

Gasquet is aiming for the 15th ATP title of his career, while Pouille tries for his fifth. He leads Gasquet 3-1 in their career head-to-heads and has won the past three.

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