Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas won his second ATP Tour title on Sunday by overcoming Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in the Open 13 final.

Tsitsipas, who beat Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semi-finals last month, continued his fine start to 2019 with a victory in Marseille in a little under two hours.

Kukushkin, whose only tournament win on the tour came in 2010, had appeared set to force a decider when 5-3 up in the second set.

However, Tsitsipas rallied and won the tie-break to add to the Stockholm Open title he claimed in October, when the 20-year-old became the first Greek to win an ATP Tour crown.

World number 12 Tsitsipas had his first break point when 2-1 up in the opening set but failed to grasp the opportunity as he sliced a backhand wide, with a similarly wayward shot ensuring Kukushkin held.

Yet the Tsitsipas took his second break point, and the first set, when Kukushkin fired a backhand into the net.

A delicious forehand cross-court winner earned Kukushkin his first break midway through the second set and he staved off a couple of break points to hold and go 4-2 up.

However, Tsitsipas broke back to make it 5-5 when Kukushkin was serving for the set, and in a tight breaker he converted the first match point that came his way.

Stefanos Tsitsipas' fine start to 2019 continued on Saturday as he eased past David Goffin and into the final of the Open 13 in Marseille.

The Greek reached the semi-finals at the season-opening grand slam in Australia - beating Roger Federer en route to the last four - and is now in with an excellent chance of landing his first ATP Tour title of the year.

In his way stands Mikhail Kukushkin, a 6-4 6-4 winner against French wildcard Ugo Humbert.

The Kazakh was first to secure his place in the final and Tsitsipas joined him by edging out Goffin in a tight first set before running away with the second to complete a 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 triumph.

Goffin will rue not taking the opener, breaking for a 6-5 lead only for Tsitsipas to hit back immediately to set up a tie-break he won with ease.

It proved a pivotal moment as Tsitsipas rode the momentum to secure victory in 69 minutes.

"I found rhythm in the worst possible moment," Tsitsipas told the ATP Tour's official website. "I found my rhythm and I found my game when he served at 6-5. I felt comfortable on the returns and the momentum was on my side."

The 20-year-old is excited at the prospect of claiming a second ATP Tour triumph, his first having come in Stockholm last year.

"It is important to win titles. Titles mean a lot," he added. "[Titles] won't come to you. You have to work hard to get them.

"There is no better feeling than winning a title. It feels amazing."

Tsitsipas expects a difficult test against the experienced Kukushkin, though, against whom he holds a 1-0 win-loss record.

"Mikhail is also in good form, he has been playing good tennis," said Tsitsipas.

"He seems like he is doing well, so I am going to have to deal with it. It is not going to be easy, I can promise that."

For Kukushkin, Sunday's contest will be his first tour-level title match for over four years.

A solitary break secured him the first set against Humbert and two more in the second saw him home in an hour and 33 minutes.

Stefanos Tsitsipas booked his place in the semi-finals of the Open 13 Marseille with a straight-sets victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Top seed Tsitsipas, who surprisingly lost his opening outing in Rotterdam last week, continued to impress on French soil, winning for a second successive outing without facing a break point.

The Greek recorded two breaks against lucky loser Stakhovsky to triumph 6-4 6-3 and will next face third seed David Goffin, who knocked out sixth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2 6-4 in Friday's final match on court.

"It was a good match from beginning to end. I played smart, held my nerves," Tsitsipas told the ATP Tour website.

Meanwhile, Ugo Humbert is through to the last four of an ATP Tour event for the first time in his career, the French wildcard overcoming Matthias Bachinger 6-3 6-3 in 80 minutes.

The 20-year-old will next face Mikhail Kukushkin – a 6-4 6-1 winner against Andrey Rublev – but managed to get the inside track on his opponent after they practiced together prior to Friday's play.

"I warmed up with him this morning. I was surprised, he has quite a special backhand. I will have to prepare well and move well," Humbert said.

Gilles Simon had to come from a set down to avoid seeing his bid for a third Open 13 title come unstuck in the first around against fellow Frenchman Antoine Hoang.

Sixth seed Simon lost five games in a row to surrender the opening set, but he broke at the right time in the second and third to seal a 5-7 6-3 6-3 victory over the wildcard on Monday.

"I expected a tough match and I'm very happy that I won. I've won a couple of matches after being a set and a break down, so I didn't feel like I was close to losing," said Simon, winner of the tournament in 2007 and 2015.

Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas is seeded first and will begin his tilt in Marseille against Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole sent down 13 aces as he defeated Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-2.

Mikhail Kukushkin overcame Denis Kudla 6-3 6-3, meaning he will face fourth seed Denis Shapovalov in round two.

Last week's champions Daniil Medvedev and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open, while Kei Nishikori also advanced on Thursday.

Medvedev was crowned Sofia Open champion on Sunday and the in-form Russian could claim back-to-back titles this weekend after beating Fernando Verdasco 6-2 7-5.

The fifth seed has now won 13 out of 15 matches in a great start to the season, while Verdasco was left to rue making 42 unforced errors as he bowed out.

Tsonga is on a high following an Open Sud de France triumph in his homeland and was too good for wildcard Tallon Griekspoor, winning 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

Stan Wawrinka got back to winnings ways by defeating Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Monday.

Former world number three Wawrinka, yet to return to his previous heights after serious knee injuries, staved off three set points before clinching a tie-break and he reeled off six games in succession to complete a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 triumph.

The victory represented the Swiss' first since the opening round of the Australian Open, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Milos Raonic – who he could face in the second round in Netherlands – and Marius Copil.

Paire was unable to convert a break point while leading 5-3 in the first set and he passed up two opportunities to serve it out, and Wawrinka made sure to punish him by claiming the tie-break and racing to victory.

"It was difficult to play against a good friend and we played some good shots. Winning the first set was the key and I played with confidence in the second set," said the 2015 champion Wawrinka.

"I feel good in general. I had a good off-season and took the time to get back in shape. I now need matches to build my confidence, but I have to be patient with that. It was a long year to get back physically, but now I'm playing well."

Hyeon Chung was unable to make the most of winning the first set as he fell to a 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 defeat against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Andreas Seppi also required three sets to see off qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin eliminated home hope Robin Haase 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Kei Nishikori ended Dominic Thiem's hopes of a home win at the Vienna Open to boost his ATP Finals chances, while Roger Federer stumbled into the Swiss Indoors Basel semis. 

Dominic Thiem beat Sam Querrey to reach the quarter-finals of the Vienna Open as fellow ATP Finals contender John Isner was knocked out, while Roger Federer moved into the last eight of the Swiss Indoors Basel. 

Rafael Nadal insists he has no issue with umpire Carlos Bernardes despite receiving a pair of time violation warnings during his second-round win at Wimbledon. 

Rafael Nadal was made to work hard by Mikhail Kukushkin despite a straight-sets win in the second round at Wimbledon. 

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