Teen Alexander Zverev stunned No. 2 seed and French favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 to reach the finals at the Montpellier event in France today.
After dropping the first set, the 19-year-old came back to take the second then saved multiple break chances in the third to pull out the win.
“I’m very happy to be in the final, first final of the year. Really good start to the year,” said Zverev. “It was a very tough match today as well. I think both of us played really well from the baseline and are very powerful. So hopefully it can be another high-level match tomorrow.”
Awaiting in the final is another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet. Gasquet cruised past countryman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2.
Zverev is into his fourth career final, seeking a second ATP win. And he’s also in the doubles final with brother Mischa against the pairing of Martin/Nestor.
In Sofia, Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov is delighting the home fans with his run to the final. Today, Dimitrov knocked out Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-3.
“Best start of the tournament for me. Kept a solid game. Tried to be as composed as I could,” Dimitrov said. “And just use every opportunity that I can.”
He’ll face David Goffin in the final. The Belgium needed a final set breaker to deny Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3).
“It was a tough match, tough battle,” said Goffin who was down 3-1 in the third. “I knew before that I had to fight against him because he’s such a great fighter. I knew at the end I had to be offensive.”
Dimitrov has won 13 of 14 matches this year losing only the thriller to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals.
In the Quito final, Victor Estrella Burgos will take on No. 3 seed Paolo Lorenzi.
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