Tsonga, Herbert in ATP Montpellier final

Rex Christensen
February 12, 2019

Tsonga will be bidding for his 17th singles title but his first since 2017.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga served up an all-French final at the South of France Open in Montpellier with a straight-sets semi-final win on Saturday. Serving for one of the most important titles in a career, Tsonga blasted a service victor for a hold at love at 5-2, lifting the trophy and making the best possible comeback after a rough year he has had. Tsonga missed seven months of the 2018 ATP Tour season following his semi-final retirement in Montpellier a year ago, ungergoing left knee surgery in April.

Former champion Tomas Berdych reached the Open Sud de France semifinals the hard way, saving two match points in a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-5 win against Filip Krajinovic on Friday.

Tsonga won five break points in all as he breezed through 6-1 6-3, setting up the clash with Herbert, a 6-2 7-5 victor over 2012 champion Tomas Berdych.

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He will face either compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Moldova's Radu Albot on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Daniil Medvedev claimed the Sofia Open trophy by beating Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-3 in the final.

Pella took the first set in just 27 minutes, but he was broken in his first service game of the second set. He also committed five double faults and saved just four of eight break points, as Medvedev won in 76 minutes.

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