Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns in glory for title number 17 — ATP Montpellier

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

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached his first ATP Tour final in 16 months with victory over Radu Albot in the last four at the Open Sud de France. Serving for one of the most important titles in a career, Tsonga blasted a service victor for a hold at love at 5-2, lifting the trophy and making the best possible comeback after a rough year he has had. At the Cordoba Open, Guido Pella set up an all-Argentine final after beating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.

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. In the third, he got an early break and eventually closed it out on his second match point.

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

Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev dispatched French seventh seed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-4 to claim a spot in the final in Bulgaria.


In a tight opening set, Tsonga earned the only two break points at 4-4.

Medvedev finished the job with a break to love.

Medvedev was largely comfortable in a 6-2 6-4 success and will take on Marton Fucsovics, who rallied from a set down to defeat Matteo Berrettini.

Sunday's final will be the second meeting between Medvedev and Fucsovics.

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