Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Diego Schwartzman for Antwerp title

by: Van Sias | October 22, 2017

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has put himself into contention for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals—and notched a new career milestone to boot.

The Frenchman won his fourth title of the year—a personal season-high—with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the final of the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium.

Schwartzman was playing in the final of the tournament for the second year in a row and once again lost to a Frenchman as Richard Gasquet beat him for the title last year.

For Tsonga, 2017 has been filled with new achievements, on and off the court. In February, the former world No. 4 captured titles in consecutive weeks for the first time, winning indoors in Rotterdam and Marseilles.

Three months later, Tsonga won the first clay-court title of his career in Lyon, France.

On a personal note, that triumph was particularly noteworthy: It was Tsonga’s first as a new father as he joined the ranks of dads on the ATP World Tour in March.

This year, though, has been a disappointment results-wise for him at the game’s most prestigious tournaments. Aside from a quarterfinal showing at the Australian Open, he failed to make a round-of-16 appearance at the other majors or at any of the Masters 1000 events.

Still, there’s opportunity ahead in the next two weeks to make the year-end championships in London. Tsonga is playing in Vienna, Austria, next week, where he won the title in 2011 and came in second last year. After that, it’s on to the Paris Masters for the 2008 champion.

Tsonga, who’s won 11 of his 16 career titles indoors and is 16-2 in such conditions this year, appears primed for a late push. 

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