Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his career-best fourth title of the year and moved himself into a position to possibly qualify for the ATP Finals, in the final of the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium, defeating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 7-5.
“I had a very good opponent today,” Tsonga said. “He gave me a hard time. And I played some of my best tennis today on court. It’s really good, really positive for me and I hope I will be able to do something even better in the next week.”
Tsonga added to titles in Lyon (d. Tomas Berdych), Marseille (d. Lukas Pouille) and Rotterdam (d. David Goffin) earlier this year. The 32-year-old improved to 16-11 in career finals.
Schwartzman was looking to add to his lone title at Istanbul in 2016.
“He was serving unbelievable today,” the Argentine said of Tsonga. “I am trying always to return but he played better than me. He deserved to win. He’s a big player.”
Schwartzman dropped to 1-2 in career finals.
“It was an unbelievable week for me. Second year here in Antwerp, second final,” Schwartzman said. “I am trying next year to win but it’s not going to be easy. I hope I don’t play against another Frenchman here.”
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