Tsonga ends title drought in Rotterdam

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Tsonga will play third-seeded David Goffin of Belgium in the final.

The 25-year-old Belgian made sure he entered the top-10 in the ATP Rankings for the first time in his career after decimating unseeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-3 in his semi-final clash on Saturday while Tsonga clinched his 400th career win by stunning fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in his last-four match.

The French sixth seed will compete for his first title at the Ahoy stadium after finishing runner-up six years ago.

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) during his match against Denis Istomin (UZB), during the second round of the ABN AMRO-tennis tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Thursday, 16 February 2017.




Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych, the 2014 champion, hammered Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 as he powered through comfortably in straight sets.

Any hopes of an upset, though, were ended as Cilic finally forced a breakthrough in a lengthy game seven of the deciding set and went on to close out victory in just under two hours. "I have been feeling great the past couple of months, including a quarterfinal at the Australian Open". There were many things to improve my game and do things better...

Tsonga successfully got past the quarter-final hurdle, which he has struggled to get past in the season, by surviving a hard-fought match against top seed Marin Cilic.

Tsonga claimed the opener with a service victor in game 9 and he continued in the same rhythm in set number 2 as well. Berdych won just 10 points on return, unable to tame rival's serve or to make him construct the point, and he couldn't survive long enough on his serve to reach at least one tie break. "It's always tough to play a countryman and Borna has been doing well in his comeback (from 2016 knee surgery)".

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