Berdych’s First Semis Since February

February

Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha [55] Pierre-Hughes Herbert (FRA) vs. [71] Tomas Berdych (CZE) It was their first meeting and the advantage should have been Herbert’s; however, years of being ranked in the top ten came to Berdych’s rescue. While he played with a certain freedom, Herbert played tentatively. Despite the score, Herbert was right in…

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Herbert And Mahut Win Third Masters

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco Doubles Final: Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut The day started off poorly.  Rain wanted to ruin the finals; however, after about thirty to forty-five minutes, play got underway. Murray and Soares won the first set 6-4.  The French team was a bit slow warming up in the wet conditions and…

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Herbert Derails Johnson’s Plans

Winston-Salem Open, NC Men’s Semifinal: [CR49] Steve Johnson (USA) vs. [CR140] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) Johnson was on his way to his first ATP Tour Singles Final. He could see it and the crowd could feel it. He won the first set playing with confidence. He served well, he faced no break points and converted on…

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The inexperience of youth

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) played a much more Rafa-like match today against [CR120] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA).  Nadal struck the ball with authority, moved more freely and was mentally more alert.  Herbert was left pounding his head with his racquet in frustration as he made error after error. Herbert has a big serve…

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