“It was a good match from my side, I played good tennis [and was] very aggressive,” said Tsonga. “I hope I will be able to play the same tennis tomorrow in the final. I am already happy with what I did this week and I will give my best tomorrow.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (French pronunciation, born 17 April 1985) is a French professional tennis player. A member of the Tennis Club de Paris (TCP), Tsonga’s career-high singles ranking is world No. 5, which he achieved in February 2012.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga served up an all-French final at the South of France Open in Montpellier with a straight-sets semi-final win on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Tsonga brushed aside Moldovan Radu Albot 6-1 6-3 and will next face compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert for the title.
Tsonga needed just 26 minutes to wrap up the first set but ran into some resistance in the second when he was broken by the world number 90 to trail 2-0.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the final of the Open Sud de France with a win over Radu Albot.
The local favourite defeated Moldovan Radu Albot to reach the final in Montpellier.
More than 15 months after lifting his 16th ATP Tour trophy at the 2017 European Open (d. Schwartzman), Tsonga will meet Herbert for the third time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (Tsonga leads 2-0). Herbert defeated Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-5 to advance to his third ATP Tour singles final. The World No. 44 won 84 per cent of first-serve points (27/32) to record his eighth win in 10 tour-level matches this season after one hour and 33 minutes.
“I am just really happy about my match today,” said Herbert. “It was a tough battle against Tomas and I am really happy to come off the court as the winner in front of my home crowd. Being in a final in France means a lot to me.”
Herbert has held 41 of 44 service games and saved 15 of 18 break points so far in Montpellier. The 27-year-old is aiming to lift his first tour-level singles trophy after runner-up finishes at Winston-Salem in 2015 (l. to Anderson) and Shenzhen in 2018 (l. to Nishioka).