An underappreciated story in this early part of the 2019 season is how well Pierre-Hugues Herbert is playing – in singles.
Despite his doubles renown, the Frenchman is only 27 – nearing his peak.
Herbert won the doubles in Doha (with David Goffin) and the Australian Open with Nicolas Mahut. He’s 10-0 to start 2019.
But Herbert also defeated Dominic Thiem, Hyeon Chung and Sam Querrey in singles during the Aussie summer.
On Friday, he upset No. 3 seed Denis Shapovalov in super-solid fashion, 7-5, 7-6 (4) to reach the Montpellier semis.
He’ll break into the top 40 in singles this week, regardless of what happens this weekend.