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Herbert beats Berdych to reach Montpellier final

12 February 2019

French seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert downed Czech Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-5 to reach the final of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Saturday.

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. A year ago in Montpellier, he held two match points in the semifinals against his compatriot, Lucas Pouille, but unfortunately, the Manceau retired with the score at 6-1, 5-5 due to left hamstring injury.

The 27-year-old Herbert has won all four Grand Slam titles in doubles, but is chasing his first singles title on the ATP Tour after losing his two previous finals. 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.

Having won the first set 7-6 (8-6), Norrie lost a second set tie-break 7-3 before Da Silva won the final set 6-2.

The pair shared the opening six games before trading three straight breaks of serve, with Medvedev securing two of those, before the Russian served out the first set.

With no previous ATP wins before this tournament, the 25-year-old came from a set down to defeat Guido Pella 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Medvedev finished the job with a break to love.

Herbert beats Berdych to reach Montpellier final