Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Herbert v Tsonga in all-French final

Tsonga's last victory was in Antwerp in October 2017 Tennis: Herbert beats Berdych to set up Montpellier final with Tsonga
Kristopher Love | 12 February, 2019, 20:55

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. Previous year 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.

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.

Tsonga then opened up a 5-1 lead and the match was beyond Herbert.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev reached the final of the Sofia Open in Bulgaria with a 6-2 6-4 win over Gael Monfils.

The two players were meeting for the first time on the ATP Tour, and made it a match to remember on Friday. It was fourth title in 13 months.

Fucsovics hit back immediately, but Medvedev regained his advantage in the next and went on to clinch the opener.

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. He also committed five double faults and saved just four of eight break points, as Medvedev won in 76 minutes.