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PARIS (Reuters) - France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached his first claycourt final just ahead of the French Open by beating Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2 3-6 6-1 at the Lyon Open on Friday.
Tsonga served 14 aces to reach the 26th final of his career -- and his first on the red dirt, where he will face either Czech Tomas Berdych or top seed Milos Raonic of Canada.
Tsonga had gotten off to a poor start in the claycourt season, withdrawing from his second-round match at the Madrid Masters before skipping the Rome Masters with a shoulder injury.
Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson