Herbert, Tsonga to Face Off in All-French Final in Montpellier

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2019

The 33-year-old Tsonga was out for seven months last year following a left-knee injury.

The World Number 177, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged past his countryman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2 to clinch his first ATP trophy since the Antwerp title in October 2017.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev claimed his fourth ATP Tour title with a straight-sets victory against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics in the final of the Sofia Open.

The momentum was on Jo's side now and he kicked off the second set with a return victor that gave him a huge lead, extending the gap with another break in game five that propelled him closer to the finish line.

A Berdych double fault at 5-5 in the second set earned Herbert a break and the Frenchman then served it out to claim his first win against the Czech. Medvedev, who is bidding to win the fourth tour title of his career, was always in control against the former world No 6, wrapping up victory in one hour and 16 minutes.

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Tsonga next plays Radu Albot of Macedonia, who won 6-2, 7-6 (2) against qualifier Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

Herbert, the seventh seed, was looking to snatch his maiden singles title but Tsonga, whose 2018 season was hampered by injuries, only dropped four points on his serve.

Having won the first set 7-6 (8-6), Norrie lost a second set tie-break 7-3 before Da Silva won the final set 6-2.

Medvedev finished the job with a break to love.

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