Herbert vs Tsonga / ATP Montpellier – Tournament in Montpellier continues with tradition that at least one of finalist is French, as this was the case in previous eight years. Besides, domestic players won the title even six times, where only T. Berdych and A. Zverev spoil the statistic. Number of titles won by French players will increase with today’s match as both finalists are French, P. Herbert and J.W. Tsonga.
Herbert vs Tsonga begins 02.2019 at 14:30 CET
Herbert focuses far more on doubles lately where he together with N. Mahut makes fairly good results. The best proof for the statement is fact that in doubles Herbert occupies very good 4th place, while in singles he is World’s no. 44. We should stress that this is the best rating in his career, in which he didn’t manage to win the title so far.
This is going to be his third final and will it be third time lucky also depends from Tsonga. Herbert lost his first final in Winston-Salem 2015, and he wasn’t any luckier last season in the final of tournament in Shenzhen. Before ATP Montpellier Herbert appeared in Doha where he lost to T. Berdych in the quarter-finals, while after that he reached the third round of the Australian Open when he lost to M. Raonic. Herbert managed to revenge to Berdych for the above mentioned defeat as he defeated the Czech in the semi-final of the tournament in Montpellier.
Tsonga is another player who had plenty of problems with injuries in the previous period. That of course left mark on his form and position in the ATP list. The French occupies the 210th place in the ATP list at the moment, and his best rating comes from 2015 when he was World’s no. 5. In 15-year long professional career Tsonga won 16 titles where 2017 was the best year for him as he won four titles.
Since the beginning of 2019 Tsonga appeared at two tournaments. The first one was ATP 250 Series in Sydney where Tsonga reached the semi-finals when he lost to young D. Medvedev. After that he played at the Australian Open where he due to low ATP rating run into N. Djokovic already in the third round. Of course, World’s no. 1 effortlessly won their encounter. At the end we need to add that Tsonga defeated R. Albot in the semi-finals by 2-0 in sets.
Herbert vs Tsonga PICK
Tsonga won both previous head-to-head with Herbert. The last one took place in 2017 right here in Montpellier and then Tsonga won by sound 6-1, 6-2. Tsonga is again a favourite to win. He can hardly win by such margin but the trophy should end up in his hands.
Pick: Tsonga wins
Odds: 1.53 at bet365 (down to 1.49 can be played)
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