Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
|Date & Time||Sunday February 10, 2019, 6:00 AM (EST)|
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Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Open Sud de France.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Herbert won 84 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Herbert won 73 percent of his total service points and saved all three of his break points. Herbert has won eight off is nine sets this tournament and has been broken just once in his last four sets. While beating some notable players to get to this point, this is easily some of the best tennis we’ve seen from Herbert in quite some time. Herbert hopes to win his first career singles title, as he’s 0-2 in previous final appearances. Both of Herbert’s other final trips took place on hard court. Herbert has won seven of his last 10 matches on indoor hard court.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Radu Albot that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 84 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his six break points. Tsonga has won eight of his 10 sets this tournament and continues to win a great deal of his first serve points. The rest of Tsonga’s game will come with more reps, but he’s a nightmare when he has that power serve working the way it is currently. Tsonga hopes to win his first title since the 2017 European Open. Tsonga has won six of his last nine final appearances overall and is 15-11 in career final appearances on hard court. Tsonga has won five of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Tsonga has won both meetings in straight sets. The matches took place in Montpellier in 2017 and the 2016 Australian Open.
From the moment you saw Tsonga play in Brisbane, you knew it wouldn’t be long before he returns to from from his injury layoff. Tsonga is spraying winners and serving at a very high level. Tsonga isn’t playing perfect tennis, but it’s good enough when you consider the amount of time he’s missed, and it’s certainly good enough to win this match.
Tsonga gets the job done here, likely in straight sets.