ATP Montpellier: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns in glory for title number 17

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

A former world no. 5 and one of the finest indoor players on the Tour in the last ten years, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been through all kind of stuff in the last 12 months, suffering a massive knee injury here in Montpellier last February and staying away from the court for seven months.

Injury-plagued Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed the 17th title of his career on Sunday when he defeated French compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2 to claim the Montpellier title. I played good tennis and was very aggressive.

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

A Berdych double fault at 5-5 in the second set earned Herbert a break and the Frenchman then served it out to claim his first win against the Czech.

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But the Russian enjoyed a change of fortunes this time around as he picked up his fourth career title in straight sets.

Tsonga next plays Radu Albot of Macedonia, who won 6-2, 7-6 (2) against qualifier Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

Tsonga will be bidding for his 17th singles title but his first since 2017. At the Cordoba Open, Guido Pella set up an all-Argentine final after beating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.

Pella's victory guaranteed an all-Argentina final, as countrymen Juan Ignacio Londero and Federico Delbonis faced off in the other semifinal.

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