Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Pierre-Hauges Herbert make Montpellier an all-French affair
Pierre-Hagues Herbert ensured it would be an all-French final in Montpellier against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after he downed Tomas Berdych in the semis.
Herbert was in fine form, overcoming the former world number four 6-2 7-5, and he will now face wildcard Tsonga in the final.
Berdych was badly out of sorts in the opening set, but rallied in a tense second.
However, at 5-5 Berdych cracked under the pressure to hold, with Herbert, who won the Australian Open men’s doubles with Nicolas Mahut last month serving it out to book his final spot.
Tsonga, meanwhile, is trying to work his way back up the rankings after a wretched time with a knee injury.
The 33-year-old, a former world number five, is currently ranked outside the world’s top 200, but can win his 17 career title on Sunday.
He absolutely breezed through his semi-final, easily overpowering Moldovan Radu Albot 6-1 6-3 despite suffering an early break of serve in the second set.
More from Tennis365:
‘I was in shock and I was shaken by the whole thing,’ says Novak Djokovic about US Open default
Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open.
‘I achieved a life goal,’ says US Open winner Dominic Thiem after lifting his maiden Grand Slam
Dominic Thiem is a Grand Slam champion.
US Open day 14: An exhausted Dominic Thiem, Jordanne Whiley’s home support, 2020 roll of honour
The story of the final day of action at Flushing Meadows.
Alexander Zverev: ‘I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point’
Alexander Zverev confident his chance will come.
WATCH: ‘One day we are going to lift that trophy together,’ says Alexander Zverev in emotional US Open speech
Alexander Zverev got emotional after the US Open final.
Epic US Open final gives us a glimpse into into life after the Big Three and it was glorious to behold
Tennis fans get a snapshot of life after Big Three.
Dominic Thiem joins Grand Slam winner’s circle as he overcomes nerves and fatigue to win US Open
Dominic Thiem joins the Grand Slam champions party.
Arthur Ashe would have been proud of Naomi Osaka, says US Open tournament director Stacey Allaster
Osaka defeated Azarenka to win her third Grand Slam.
US Open glory for British wheelchair trio Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne
More US Open silverware for Hewett, Reid and Lapthorne.