After two failures in the semi-finals on the main circuit, Benjamin Bonzi reached a milestone by qualifying for the first final of his career in Pune (India) this Friday. The Frenchman won a 2h32 fight against the Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp, 35th in the world (7-6 6-7 , 6-1). The 60th in the world will find another Batavian in the final, Tallon Griekspoor (95th) who will also discover this last rung before the trophy. The Dutchman defeated Russian Aslan Karatsev (7-6 6-1) earlier in the day.
Solid on his service games (70% of first serves), the tennis player from Nîmes took an option on qualification by winning the first set (7-6 ) in 1h08. But his opponent of the day returned to the match by also pocketing the second set in the tie-break. Benjamin Bonzi did not miss his chance in the third by breaking the Dutchman twice in a row and holding his service games (5-0).
He finally won on his third match point, 6-1 in the last set. By dropping three seeds at this Pune tournament (Emil Ruusuvuori  in 8th, Filip Krajinovic  in the quarters and therefore Botic van de Zandshulp in the semis), the Frenchman could win his first title on the ATP circuit on Saturday at 26 and become number 1 in France.