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

Aubrey Yates
February 12, 2019

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Montpellier Open title on Sunday with a 6-4 6-2 win over fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Herbert, who won the Australian Open doubles title with Nicolas Mahut last month, had no solutions in a one-sided second set as Tsonga improved his head-to-head record with his compatriot to 3-0.

The two players were meeting for the first time on the ATP Tour and made it a contest to remember.

The 33-year-old played just 12 matches in 2018 due to injury and began the week ranked 210th in the world, but was simply too good for Herbert, serving seven aces and winning 87 per cent of points on his first serve.

Pella took the first set in just 27 minutes, but he was broken in his first service game of the second set. That all changed in game nine when Tsonga scored a break with a return victor, moving 5-4 up and closing the opener with a hold at love for a 6-4.

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Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev dispatched French seventh seed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-4 to claim a spot in the final in Bulgaria.

Herbert's continued attack proved no match for Tsonga, who drilled backhand returns at his opponent's laces to earn two breaks of serve.

Wildcard Tsonga beat Moldova's Radu Albot 6-1, 6-3 after overcoming an early break in the second set.

Medvedev finished the job with a break to love.

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