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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Tomas Berdych, to play David Goffin in Rotterdam final

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga notched up his 400th career victory as he defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets to set up a clash in the final against David Goffin of Belgium in the World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam.

tennis Updated: Feb 19, 2017 11:34 IST
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,Tomas Berdych,David Goffin
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga registered his 400th career win as he defeated Tomas Berdych to enter the final of the Rotterdam open where he will face David Goffin.(AFP)

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga chalked up his 400th career victory in beating Czech Tomas Berdych to reach the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam on Saturday.

Tsonga, 31, went through 6-3 6-4 to move one victory away from his first title since September 2015.

He will face Belgium’s David Goffin in the final.

Tsonga needed just one break of serve to snaffle the opening set against the 2014 champion and eased through after a repeat at the start of the second.

Dominant throughout, he did not face a single break point as he fired down 10 aces.

“Just really happy to be in the final. Now it’s the last step, and it’s not an easy one so I’m already focused on the next match,” world number 14 Tsonga said.

Goffin, ranked 11 but now assured of a place in the world’s top 10 after his run to the final in Sofia last week, scuppered hopes of an all-French final as he easily beat doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1 6-3.

The silky Belgian third seed will be hunting his third career title and his first since 2014. Tsonga leads their head-to-head record 3-2.

First Published: Feb 19, 2017 11:32 IST