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Medvedev wins Sofia Open title; Tsonga beats Herbert
February 11, 2019
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SOFIA: Big-hitting Russian Daniil Medvedev brushed aside Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-3 on Sunday to win the Sofia Open title.

Third seed Medvedev, who turns 23 on Monday, was at his devastating best as he gave the hapless Hungarian a brutal lesson to claim his fourth career title.

Attacking the lines with machine-like precision, Medvedev was in complete control and broke the unseeded Hungarian, who won his maiden title in Geneva last year, four times. The world number 16 converted his first championship point after breaking Fucsovics’s serve to love.

Earlier, Medvedev stole the show at the tournament on Saturday as he punched his way to an emphatic 6-2 6-4 victory over former world number six Gael Monfils.

The Russian delighted the crowd in Arena Armeets with a barrage of sizzling winners as he broke twice in the first five games and never took his foot off the pedal to clinch the opening set. The Frenchman put up more of a fight in the second and even managed to break to love in the eighth game.

Tsonga shines

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.

Tsonga, a former world number five, is currently down at 210 in the rankings after a lengthy battle with a knee injury.

The 33-year-old, who last lifted a trophy in Antwerp (d Schwartzman) in October 2017, dropped just four points behind his first serve (27/31) to triumph in 73 minutes. Tsonga missed seven months of the 2018 ATP Tour season following his semi-final retirement in Montpellier last year, ungergoing left knee surgery in April.

Ranked No. 210 in the ATP Rankings, Tsonga is the lowest-ranked ATP Tour titlist since Pablo Andujar lifted the Grand Prix Hassan II trophy in Marrakech 10 months ago. Tsonga improves to 17-12 in tour-level championship matches and extends his unbeaten FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Herbert to three matches.

In the second straight all-French final in Montpellier, Tsonga becomes the seventh French winner in the tournament’s nine-year history. The 17-time tour-level titlist joins countrymen Gael Monfils (2010, ‘14), Richard Gasquet (2013, ‘15-’16) and Lucas Pouille (2018) on the list of home champions.

In a tight opening set, Tsonga earned the only two break points at 4-4. Herbert stuck to his gameplan, serving and volleying to deny Tsonga on his first opportunity. But Tsonga read the play on his second break point, guiding a forehand return winner up the line to earn the break.

After serving out the first set to love after 37 minutes, Tsonga began to find his range on his return.


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