|Posted on February 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM|
Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils were semifinal winners Saturday and will meet for the title at the Open Sud de France tennis tournament. The top-seeded Berdych had little trouble in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Germany's Philip Kohlschreiber after the third-seeded Monfils beat fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Gael Monfils
Order of Play - Sunday, February 5, 2012
COURT CENTRAL - Matches Start At: 12:00 noon
Nicolas MAHUT (FRA)/Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA) vs Paul HANLEY (AUS)/Jamie MURRAY (GBR)
Not Before 2:30 PM
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)
Sunday Briefing - Montpellier
by Greg Sharko | 04.02.2012
MONTPELLIER SUNDAY PREVIEW
BERDYCH & MONFILS TO CLASH FOR MONTPELLIER CROWN
• A current Top 10 player will square off against a former Top 10 player in an all-star final at the Open Sud de France, an ATP World Tour 250 stop held on the indoor courts of Montpellier.
• Top seed and World No. 7 Tomas Berdych has cruised through to this week’s final without losing a set, in fact losing his serve only once (to Nicolas Mahut in the q uarter-finals). He also put on his best serve performance in the semi-finals, winning 100% of the points on his first serve during a 63 64 win over No. 7 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber (he won 34 of 34 points on his first serve points). Berdych is through to his 13th ATP World Tour final now, going 6-6 in title matches (he won his only career indoor final, at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Paris back in 2005, his other title match on French soil).
• No. 3 seed Gael Monfils cruised through his first few matches of the week but won a thriller in the semi-finals, saving match point down 64 65 against No. 2 seed Gilles Simon and eventually making it past his countryman, 46 76(4) 64. Monfils is through to his 17th ATP World Tour final but has a 4-12 record in title matches (though three of his four titles have come indoors). The Frenchman is appearing in his second final of the season after opening the year with a runner-up in Doha (l. to Tsonga).
• Berdych beat Monfils handily in their only previous meeting, in the first round of Dubai four years ago (the Czech never faced a break point en route to a 53-minute, 63 62 victory).
• Berdych is currently ranked No. 7 and in his 109th career week in the Top 10; Monfils is No. 13 right now but has been as high as No. 7 (he has spent 46 career weeks in the elite but dipped out last fall after not defending his finals points from the ATP Masters 1000 stop in Paris from 2010).
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner: €91,900 and 250 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: €37,860 and 150 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Berdych: Appearing in his 13th career ATP World Tour level final..He is 6-6 lifetime in finals (0-0 in ‘12)
Monfils: Appearing in his 17th career ATP World Tour final………He is 4-12 lifetime in finals (0-1 in ‘12)
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FedEx ATP Head 2 Head
(1)Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (3) Gael Monfils (FRA) Berdych Leads 1-0
2008 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2
QF: Australian Open (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 7-1
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
• Berdych, 26, has not dropped a set en route to his 13th career ATP World Tour level final (6-6)…
The top player from the Czech Republic, only dropped two games in his opening round win over Frenchman Florent Serra and followed with a pair of 63 64 wins over Nicolas Mahut and No. 7 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber
• His previous final/title on French soil came at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris in 2005 (d. Ljubicic in five sets)
• He is 7-1 on the season and his last title came in Beijing last October (d. Cilic)
• In lone previous tournament of the season, reached the quarter-finals for the second straight year at the Australian Open, falling in four sets to Rafael Nadal…Went 7- 1 in tie-breaks during tournament
F: Doha (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L: 9-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 13
• Monfils, 25, the No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 6 Tsonga, No. 12 Simon), enters his second ATP World Tour final of the season and 17th of his career (4-12) after defeating countryman/No. 2 seed Gilles Simon 46 76 64 in the semi-finals…Two of his previous titles have come on French soil (’09 Metz, ’10 Montpellier)
• He enters with a 9-2 mark on the season and opened by defeating Nadal in the semi-finals in Doha en route to the final (l. to Tsonga)…His last title came in Stockholm in October last year (d. Nieminen)
• After Doha, lost in the third round at the Australian Open in five sets to No. 92 Mikhail Kukushkin
• Last season finished in Top 20 for fourth straight year and reached a career-high No. 7 on July 4… Ranked in Top 10 for most of season (32 weeks), from Apr. 4 to Nov. 7
• Has played well at this tournament, reaching the final (l. to No. 3 Roddick) in 2005 when it was held in Lyon, and capturing the title here two years ago (d. Ljubicic)
Berdych beats Monfils for Montpellier crown
Berdych Beats Monfils For Montpellier Title
by ATP Staff | 05.02.2012
Top seed Tomas Berdych defeated third-seeded Gael Monfils 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and five minutes to win the Open Sud de France title in Montpellier Sunday.
Berdych broke Monfils twice to take the opening set in 37 minutes, but Monfils converted the only break of serve in the fifth game of the second set, and went on to level the clash at a set apiece. Each player held their nerve until the eighth game of the final set, when Monfils tossed in his sixth double fault to give Berdych a 5-3 advantage. The Czech subsequently served out the match to beat Monfils for the second time. "I expected a tough final. I felt he was the best player on the other side of the draw," Berdych said.
"It was a close match, decided by one or two points. I'm happy that I was the one to become the champion and get the last break and finish it with my serve."
The seventh-ranked Berdych improved his final record to 7-6, winning his first indoor title since lifting the BNP Paribas Masters trophy in 2005. "It was a great week. It's a nice place to play tennis," said Berdych. "I was surprised to come to an indoor tournament with such a high level. It's great to have a title from here."
Monfils, the 2010 champion, fell to a 4-13 mark in title matches, losing his second final of the year after finishing runner-up to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha to begin the season. "I was really close today, maybe Tomas was a bit more successful at the end," assessed Monfils. "He really went for it more than I did and it worked.
"To me, overall it was a great week. I played solid tennis in all my matches, even today I am very happy with the way I played. It was great to be in the final here again, and play in front of my mom, aunt and friends. It is a great tournament which I enjoy a lot and I will come back to try to win the title again."
ATP Homepage of Sunday, February 5, 2012
Berdych wins in Montpellier
Number one seed dethrones defending champion Monfils
February 5, 2012
Top seed Tomas Berdych secured the seventh ATP Tour title of his career after defeating Gael Monfils in the final of the Open Sud de France.
Berdych took just over two hours to overcome the French third seed and home favourite 6-2 4-6 6-3 in Montpellier.
The Czech was a comfortable winner of the first set before Monfils battled back to take the contest into a decider.
Berdych then claimed the decisive break in the eighth game of the third set when Monfils double-faulted to throw his serve away.
The 26-year-old former Wimbledon finalist then stayed solid on his own serve to see out the match and win his first indoor title since the BNP Paribas Masters in 2005.
"Both Gael and I had a very good match. It was my first time here and I'll come back to defend my title next year," Berdych said.
Monfils added: "I was unsure yesterday evening (whether to compete) because my knee had swollen. I waited until after warming up this morning to decide.
"The final came down to very little in the end. Tomas took advantage of his chances, he was stronger and more opportunistic than me but overall I'm satisfied with the week."
Berdych defeats Monfils for seventh career title