Tsonga lands Rotterdam title

20 February, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Tsonga beats Berdych to reach World Tennis Tournament final

Cilic was beaten 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5) by sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated the former U.S. Open champion for only the second time in seven meetings.

He will face Belgium's David Goffin in the final.

Former victor Tomas Berdych crushed defending champion Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3 to set up a Rotterdam World Tennis semi-final with France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday (Feb 17).

Goffin will play in his second final in the space of a week courtesy of an emphatic 6-1 6-3 triumph over qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

World No 11 Goffin lost to Grigor Dmitrov in the Sofia final last week and has now lost his last six finals since beating Tsonga en route to the trophy in Metz.

Tsonga beats Berdych to reach World Tennis Tournament final
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallies to brush aside David Goffin at the Rotterdam Open final

Dominant throughout, he did not face a single break point as he fired down 10 aces.

"(I am) just really happy to be in the final, now it's the last step, and it's not an easy ones so I'm already focused on the next match".

The momentum stayed with Tsonga in the third after comfortably holding serve in the opening game and pounced for a decisive early break to lead 2-0. The match was pretty much over when Tsonga broke at the beginning of the second set, following a forehand that Tomas sent long, and there was no way back from there for the Czech, who managed to win only 3 points on return until the end of the match.

The silky Belgian third seed will be hunting his third career title and his first since 2014.

But aside from that loss, Tsonga has lost only two other matches this year: One to Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarterfinals, and a three-setter to wonderteen Alexander Zverev in Montpellier. Modest and hard-working Belgian will remember this victory for a long time, as it finally allowed him to enter Top 10 on Monday, something he deserved long time ago.

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