Pierre Hugues Herbert, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reach the semifinal in Montpellier - UBITENNIS
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Pierre Hugues Herbert, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reach the semifinal in Montpellier



Pierre Hugues Herbert and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga provided a great day for French tennis by reaching the semifinals at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Pierre Hugues Herbert stunned Denis Shapovalov 7-5 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 44 minutes. Herbert saved two of the three break points he faced and converted two of his eight break points.

The Frenchman got an early break, when Shapovalov made a double fault. Shapovalov broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, when Herbert made a backhand error in the sixth game. Shapovalov saved five break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Herbert broke in the 11th game and fended off two break points to seal the first set with a forehand error.

The second set went on serve in the tie-break, where Herbert hit an ace at 6-4 to set up a semifinal against 2012 Montpellier champion Tomas Berdych, who saved two match points to battle past Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 after two hours and 42 minutes. Berdych held two service games at deuce before winning the tie-break 7-3.

Berdych led by a set and a break with a drive volley winner to take a 4-3 lead in the second set. The Czech player made a double fault to drop his serve, as he was serving for the match at 5-4. Krajinovic hit a backhand down the line winner to clinch the tie-break 7-5.

Krajinovic got an early break in the opening game of the third set with a backhand winner and he served for the match at 5-3. The Serb earned two match points at 4-5, but Berdych saved them from 15-40 and held his serve with a service winner. The Czech player got the break back in the 10th game with a forehand. Berdych won 14 of the next 18 points and broke serve at 15 in the 12th game to seal the third set 7-5. The Czech player dropped to world number 79 after being sidelined by a back injury for six months. He started his 2019 season with a final in Doha where he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut.

 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battled past his compatriot Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 after 2 hours and 44 minutes. Tsonga scored his fourth win in his five head-to-head matches against his compatriot and his first win in the past five years.

Both players saved the first 15 break points of the match. The player from Le Mans, who is now ranked world number 210, saved all three break points he faced. Chardy won the tie-break of the opening set 8-6, but he bounced back by winning the tie-break of the second set. Chardy saved the first 12 break points, but Tsonga converted his 13th chance in the 10th game to set up a semifinal match against Radu Albot. Tsonga has qualified for his second semifinal of the season after Brisbane.

Earlier this week Tsonga rallied from a set down to beat French Next Gen Ugo Humbert before claiming a straight-set win over Gilles Simon.

“Today was a tough match. We had to play two tie-breaks in the first two sets and then I came back strong in the third set. Finally he gave me a few points in the end and I am in the semifinals. I am really happy with my level. I hope I will be able to play a good match tomorrow ”, said Tsonga.


Tsonga will face Radu Albot, who Cypriot qualifier Marcos Baghdatis 6-2 7-6 (7-2) to reach the second semifinal of his career.

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Dominic Thiem Edges Cuevas To Remain Unbeaten In Buenos Aires, Schwartzman Awaits

Dominic Thiem has extended his unbeaten streak to 11 matches in Bueno Aires after edging past Pablo Cuevas to reach the semi-finals.



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Dominic Thiem won an 11th consecutive match in Buenos Aires as he edged out Pablo Cuevas 4-6 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals. 

After a slow start the Austrian won 73% of first service points to seal a place in the last four as he made it 11-0 in the Argentinian capital.

In the semi-finals he will play good friend and doubles partner this week Diego Schwartzman, who comfortably beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The other semi-final will see Roland Garros semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato take on Guido Pella, who saved match points against Jaume Munar.

There was a threat to Thiem’s unbeaten streak early on as his Uruguayan opponent got off to the perfect start with a break in the third game.

Struggling on serve and failing to create any break point opportunities Thiem surrendered the first set in 34 minutes to the world number 78.

However the world number eight adjusted tactically and remained focused on the task at hand as he took a 3-0 lead. Despite being broke back while serving for the set, the top seed broke straight back to force a deciding set as he looked a relieved figure.

The deciding set went in similar fashion with the only exception being that Thiem wasn’t broken back this time. After holding his lead from 3-0 up, Thiem served out the match to secure his first ATP semi-final of the season.


After edging past Cuevas, the world number eight will now play Diego Schwartzman in the last four in what is set to be a busy day for the duo.

Not only will they play against each other in singles, they will also team up with each other in doubles as they reached the semi-finals there as well.

The talented Argentinian defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-q 7-5 to reach the last four in his home country and will look to end Thiem’s unbeaten streak on Saturday afternoon.

The other semi-final will see Marco Cecchinato play Guido Pella with the action starting at 2pm local time.

While in New York the action starts at 4pm local time with Brayden Schnur taking on Sam Querrey and John Isner playing Reilly Opelka in the semi-finals.

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Dominic Thiem Extends Unbeaten Run As Ferrer Says Farewell To The Argentina Open

There were mixed emotions for players at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday.



Dominic Thiem (image via @sportsvision)

Top seed Dominic Thiem has made a winning start to the Argentina Open after triumphing in what was his first competitive match for a month.

The Roland Garros finalist has been absent from the tour in recent weeks after retiring from the Australian Open due to illness. During his absence, Thiem underwent a series of tests to establish the root of his problem and has been cleared to return to the tour.

Taking on Germany’s Maximilian Marterer in his opening match on Thursday, the Austrian powered his way to a 6-4, 6-4, victory. Converting four out of his eight break point opportunities. However, there is still room for improvement for Thiem, who only managed to win 48% of the points behind his second serve. The victory is his 10th consecutive at the tournament in Buenos Aires.

“I like the conditions here. I was able to develop a good performance to win it.” Thiem said afterwards.

This week the world No.8 is being mentored by Nicolas Massu. A former top 10 players who is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. It is understood that the partnership is set to last only a week, however, Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung have suggested that it could be extended if proven successful.

In the quarter-finals Thiem will take on Pablo Cuevas. Cuevas, who has won all six of his ATP titles on the clay, knocked out Portuguese fifth seed Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-5.

“He is one of the best players on the clay.” Said Thiem. “We already played at Roland Garros and a Master 1000, so I’m expecting an open match.”

Thiem is currently tied at 2-2 in his head-to-head with the Uruguayan player.

Farewell continues his goodbye tour

Three-time champion David Ferrer has played his last ever match at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. The Spaniard, who will officially retire from the tour in May, was edged out in a three set roller coaster against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Ferrer failed to convert two match points during the second set as he suffered a 3-6, 7-6(9), 6-3 defeat.

“I feel at home because of the love they (the crowd) have for me. Loved.” Ferrer said following his loss.
“Without a doubt. It is very special since I will not step on this court again. What I will miss most is your affection.”

Ferrer is one of only two players in history to have won the tournament three years in a row. The other was Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas during the 1970s. Following his first round win there was a special presentation conducted to honour his career. Attendees to the on-court presentation included Gabriela Sabatini, Martin Jaite, Federico Delbonis, Marc Lopez, Diego Schwartzman, Juan Ignacio Chela, Mariano Zabaleta, Juan Monaco and Gaston Gaudio.

Ferrer’s conqueror Ramos-Vinolas will take on fourth seed Diego Schwartzman next. Schwartzman defeated Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

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Kei Nishikori cruises past Ernests Gulbis to cruise through to the quarter final in Rotterdam



This year’s Brisbane champion Kei Nishikori cruised past Ernests Gulbis 6-1 6-4 to advance to the quarter final at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Nishikori reeled off the first 12 points of the match and broke serve twice to race out to a 5-0 lead. The Japanese star went up an early break at 15 in the first game of the second set. Gulbis broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, but Nishikori broke for the fourth time in the ninth game and served out the match 6-4 with an ace in the 10th game.

Nishikori lost just once in his eleven matches played this year. He beat Danil Medvedev in the final in Brisbane and reached the quarter final at the Australian Open before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

Nishikori sets up a quarter final against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7-1) 6-1.

Basilashvili got the first break of the match in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Fucsovics pulled the break back in the tenth game at 15 to draw level to 5-5 before winning the tie-break 7-1. In the second set Fucsovics broke three times in the first, third and seventh games to win the third set 6-1.

Fucsovics continues his impressive period of form one week after finishing runner-up to Danil Medvedev in the final of the Sofia Open.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged Tallon Griekspoor 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to secure his spot in the quarter final against Danil Medvedev. Tsonga lost to Medvedev 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 in the semifinal of the Brisbane International.

Griekspoor fended off four set points on serve in the first set, before Tsonga closed out the tie-break 7-5 with an unreturned serve after 54 minutes. Tsonga broke serve in the third game of the second set when Griekspoor made two consecutive forehand errors. Tsonga got his third break with a backhand return winner to close out the match improving his winning streak to seven matches.

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