Tsonga beats Herbert for Montpellier title

Tennis: Herbert beats Berdych to set up Montpellier final with Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win first title since 2017

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put his injury nightmare firmly behind him by claiming a 17th ATP Tour title in an all-French final at the South of France Open.

The former world number five saw his 2018 season wrecked by injury, but he has found form in Montpellier this week and will now face compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Sunday's decider.

Tsonga, a former world number five, is now down at 210 in the rankings after a lengthy battle with a knee injury.

The win was Tsonga's first since the fall of 2017 when he beat Diego Schwartzman in Antwerp.

A break late in the opener left Tsonga serving for the set and he maintained that momentum to go a break up in the second. 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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In the Sofia Open final, third seed Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-3. It was fourth title in 13 months.

Tsonga is in line for his 17th career title after beating Radu Albot of Moldova 6-1, 6-3.

He needed just 73 to defeat Herbert in straight sets, dropping just four points behind his first serve.

Herbert raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set and never let slip his advantage as he moved a win away from his first singles tour title.

Medvedev finished the job with a break to love.

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