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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins 17th ATP Tour title in Montpellier

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dominates all-French final against Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win 17th ATP Tour title

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took 74 minutes to win the South of France Open on Sunday
  • In an all-French final with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Tsonga ran out 6-4, 6-2 winner
  • Tsonga has struggled with injury in recent years but lifted his 17th ATP Tour title 
  • Elsewhere, Daniil Medvedev lifted his fourth ATP Tour title at the Sofia Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put his injury nightmare firmly behind him by claiming a 17th ATP Tour title in an all-French final at the South of France Open.

Tsonga needed just 74 minutes to defeat compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 in Montpellier for his first tournament triumph since October 2017.

The 33-year-old played just 12 matches in 2018 due to injury and began the week ranked 210th in the world, but was simply too good for Herbert, serving seven aces and winning 87 per cent of points on his first serve.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won an all-French final in Montpellier to win the South of France Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won an all-French final in Montpellier to win the South of France Open

Blighted by injury, Tsonga showed no signs of fatigue as he produced a 6-4, 6-2 victory

Blighted by injury, Tsonga showed no signs of fatigue as he produced a 6-4, 6-2 victory

The win saw Tsonga lift his 17th ATP Tour title as he looks to make his way back up the rankings

The win saw Tsonga lift his 17th ATP Tour title as he looks to make his way back up the rankings

Tsonga broke for a 5-4 lead in the opening set and served it out to love before breaking his opponent twice more to cruise to a straight-sets win.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev claimed his fourth ATP Tour title with a straight-sets victory against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the final of the Sofia Open.

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.

Having only played 12 matches throughout 2018, Tsonga has been without match practice

Having only played 12 matches throughout 2018, Tsonga has been without match practice

But his opponent Pierre-Hugues Herbert struggled to stop Tsonga's momentum in the match

But his opponent Pierre-Hugues Herbert struggled to stop Tsonga’s momentum in the match

Fucsovics, playing in just his second ATP final of his career, was broken in the third game to give his 22-year-old opponent the upper hand before Medvedev earned his second break to love in the final game to secure his first crown of 2019.

At the inaugural Cordoba Open, wildcard Juan Ignacio Londero clinched his first ATP Tour title in an all-Argentine final.

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.

After a shaky start which saw Pella race to a 3-0 lead in the first set, and then 4-2 in the second, Londero recovered to convert his sixth set point and level the match against his countryman who had beaten him in all three of their previous meetings.

Londero, ranked world No 112, cruised to the win in the decider, breaking his opponent three times to overcome the eighth seed – who was also chasing his maiden ATP Tour title – in just over two hours.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev claimed his fourth ATP Tour title with a straight-sets victory in Sofia

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev claimed his fourth ATP Tour title with a straight-sets victory in Sofia

Wildcard Juan Ignacio Londero clinched his first ATP Tour title by winning the Cordoba Open

Wildcard Juan Ignacio Londero clinched his first ATP Tour title by winning the Cordoba Open

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