Pouille hurts Tsonga's chances for London in Vienna final (HIGHLIGHTS)

by: AP | October 29, 2017

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

None

VIENNA (AP) — Lucas Pouille won his third title of the season and fourth overall after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4 in an all-French final at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.

The 25th-ranked Pouille had not won a set against Tsonga in their two previous matches, which included the final in Marseille in February.

"I am very happy. It has been a great week for me," Pouille said. "Of course, when you play Jo, you expect a very tough match but I am very happy with the way I played."

His victory at the indoor hard-court event made Pouille the only player on the tour this year to win on all three surfaces, after earlier triumphs on clay (Budapest) and grass (Stuttgart).

The 15th-ranked Tsonga, who won in Antwerp last week, went 4-1 in finals this season. It was his third final in Vienna after winning the event in 2011 and losing last year's final to Andy Murray.

Despite Sunday's defeat, Tsonga continued his late quest for an ATP World Tour Finals berth, trailing Pablo Carreno Busta by 295 points for the eighth and final spot.

Pouille controlled the match after saving a break point at 1-1. He won five straight games to take the opening set. He used one more break in the second and closed out the victory when Tsonga hit a return long.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Federer is enjoying the tug of war with Nadal over the No. 1 ranking

Federer will have to win the title in Halle in order to remain the world No. 1. 

It's not a bad sign for tennis that Roger & Rafa are still dominating

Yes, Nadal and Federer can play whatever tournaments they want—and that's not a bad thing.

VIDEO: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova are back at Wimbledon

The fan favorites will be looking to win their sixth Grand Slam title as a duo.