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Tsonga, Herbert reach final in Montpellier — ATP roundup

Tsonga, Herbert reach final in Montpellier — ATP roundup

Ranked outside the top-200, Tsonga returned to Montpellier to conquer the 17th ATP title and the first since Antwerp in 2017, defeating the 7th seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 13 minutes to become the seventh French victor of this event in nine years.

Later on Friday, sixth-seeded Jeremy Chardy faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an all-French quarter-final, while Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays Radu Albot of Macedonia.

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.

Tsonga has won both ATP meetings against Herbert, including a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the Round of 16 at the same event in 2017.

Guido Pella survived a three-set battle against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, to win in front of his home crowd and advance to the final in Argentina.




It looked as if Berdych was going through in straight sets when he went a break up in the second set. But Tsonga read the play on his second break point, guiding a forehand return victor up the line to earn the break.

Pella and Ignacio have never faced each other in an ATP match.

Monfils had plenty of opportunities, earning seven break-point chances, but he converted just one.

Medvedev finished the job with a break to love. Medvedev will play Marton Fucsovics in the final on Sunday after the Hungarian defeated Italy's Matteo Berrettini 5-7 7-5 6-3.