Tsonga to face Goffin in Rotterdam final

It's Belgium vs France in the final of the Rotterdam Open on Sunday, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Goffin battle it out for the title.

Sixth seed Tsonga reached his first ATP final in 17 months by beating fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday's first semi-final.

The Frenchman didn't face a single break point during the 74-minute encounter, undoing his opponent with a single break of serve in each set. 

As it happened, the victory also marked a milestone 400th win for Tsonga.

“It was a good match, played pretty solid on my serve, which is good for my game. When I'm serving like this I'm able to create a bit more on the return and be a bit more offensive,” he said. “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.”

Awaiting Tsonga in the final is another formidable opponent in third seed Goffin.

The Belgian charged past French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-3, converting six of 10 break opportunities, and looks set crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time in his nine-year career on Monday.

Tsonga leads Goffin 3-2 in their head-to-head battle, but they haven't played each other since 2014, and Goffin is a much improved player these days.

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