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

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Montpellier title Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Montpellier title
Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 20:54

A year ago in Montpellier, he held two match points in the semifinals against his compatriot, Lucas Pouille, but unfortunately, the Manceau retired with the score at 6-1, 5-5 due to left hamstring injury.

French seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert downed Czech Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-5 to reach the final of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Saturday.

Tsonga broke for a 5-4 lead in the opening set and served it out to love before breaking his opponent twice more to cruise to a straight-sets win. Tsonga responded by winning four consecutive games before going on to secure victory and book his place in the 29th tour final of his career. I played good tennis and was very aggressive.

Tsonga with the trophy
Tsonga with the trophy

Tsonga improves to 17-12 in tour-level championship matches and extends his unbeaten FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Herbert to three matches. It was fourth title in 13 months. At the Cordoba Open, Guido Pella set up an all-Argentine final after beating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.

Medvedev was largely comfortable in a 6-2 6-4 success and will take on Marton Fucsovics, who rallied from a set down to defeat Matteo Berrettini.

The next breakthrough came early in the second set and Medvedev survived two break points in the sixth game, as Fucsovics' best chance at a fightback slipped from his grasp. Pella will face Juan Ignacio Londero - appearing in his first ATP final - after his countryman defeated Federico Delbonis 6-1 6-0 in one hour.

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