Tsonga Wins the Rotterdam Open
It seems Federer and Nadal might not be the only ones experiencing a career resurgence in 2017. We continue to wait for the next generation to take over from the likes of Murray, Wawrinka, Monfils, et al, and even look past them to the next generation. And the next. But as the occasionally brilliant Jo-Wilfried Tsonga showed yesterday, it’s not just the Big Four that are still winning titles in their thirties. In a tough three set final with David Goffin, Tsonga wins the Rotterdam Open to take his thirteenth career title, and his first in 17 months.
A Significant Week
Tsonga’s run to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final carried more weight than simply taking home the trophy. During the course of the tournament, Tsonga reached the impressive milestone of 400 career wins. He also picked up a couple of scalps, taking down Thomas Berdych and Marin Cilic en-route to his meeting with Goffin.
The victory—and the 500 ranking points it brings—sees Tsonga move up to 11th in the world rankings, just 45 points behind a return to the top ten. Ironically the man 45 points ahead of Tsonga is Goffin himself, whose own run to the final saw him return to the top ten, becoming the first Belgian man to do so.
The final started out looking a little one-sided in favour of Goffin. The Belgian raced to a 4—1 lead and took the opening set 6—4, but this only seemed to ignite a fire under the Frenchman. Tsonga went on to take the second set by the same score, and then blitz through the final set to finish the match out 4—6, 6—4, 6—1. Goffin made him work for the second set, however. The Frenchman needed five set points to close out the equaliser.
I’m really happy. The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level … It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.
Federer wins the Australian Open, Tsonga wins the Rotterdam Open, and 2017 is shaping up to be an interesting battle between new and old. Grigor Dimitrov has had an amazing start to the year, already picking up two titles and reaching the Australian Open semis. Alexander Zverev’s potential has tennis fans the world over salivating. And with all this going on, it’s easy to forget we still have Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in the mix!
Bring on the next tournament…