Tsonga was under pressure throughout, saving 10 of the 11 break points he faced and failing to take the two chances he created on the serve of Gulbis, who had 14 aces and hit 41 winners compared to 22 for his opponent.
“I have no regrets. I gave everything I had,” Tsonga said. “I played a pretty good match, but I needed a bit more belief and needed to show a bit more instinct on my returns of serve. But he was solid, he served very well and took a lot of risks.”