ATP Tour

Tsonga slams Berdych to reach final

2017-02-18 18:13
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Getty)

Rotterdam - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rained down ten aces, finishing off Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes on Saturday to power into a second Rotterdam World Tennis final on Saturday.

The French sixth seed will compete for his first title at the Ahoy stadium after finishing runner-up six years ago.

He faces the winner from Belgian third seed Dvid Goffin and surprise semi-finalist Pierre-Hughes Herbert, a French qualifier and member of the top ATP doubles side.

Tsonga was unstoppable against Berdych, the 2014 champion and 2015 finalist playing his third semi-final at the Dutch event.

Tsonga came good in his second semi-final of the season as he bids for a first trophy since winning at home in Metz, in 2015.

Berdych came to the court with an 8-3 lead in the series, including wins in their last two meetings, one a Doha quarter-final last month.

Tsonga finished with two breaks of the 13th-ranked Czech while never facing a break point in what quickly became one-way traffic.

"My only goal is to win the next match, this would be important for me," Tsonga said.

"I'm not too worried about my (14th) ranking unless I were able to get to eighth, that is the position where you are protected in the draw from other seeds.

"Berdych played a tough match, he's a power player, hitting the ball hard like me. My strategy is always the same - the best strategy is to just play well."

Goffin, who earned revenge in the quarter-finals as he beat Grigor Dimitrov five days after the Bulgarian won the Sofia event at the Belgian's expense, will be facing Herbert for the first time.

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