Jo-Wilfried Tsonga collected his 17th career title Sunday in Montpellier beating countryman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in an all-French final 6-4, 6-2.
The win was Tsonga’s first since the fall of 2017 when he beat Diego Schwartzman in Antwerp.
“I am very happy with the way I played this week,” said Tsonga who missed over half of 2018 with a knee injury. “It was an amazing moment for me to win here in Montpellier.
“I have made many efforts to come back, so for me it is a good reward and I hope I will be able to continue playing at this level.”
Tsonga improves to 17-12 lifetime in final while the 27-year-old Herbert falls to 0-3 and still seeks his first ATP title.
“It was a tough match against Jo,” said Herbert who beat Tomas Berdych in the semifinals and Denis Shapovalov in the quarters. “I knew it was going to be a hard match and he was all over me for the whole final. He was just the better player today. I am happy about my week, I played five matches at a high level and I am looking forward to the rest of season. [I will] try to keep up the good work.”
The 33-year-old Tsonga ranks No. 210 but will vault to around No. 140.
It’s the seventh time in nine years since the tournament’s inception in 2010 that a Frenchman has taken to crown.
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