France’s Lucas Pouille became the lone player to win titles on all three surfaces in 2017 on Sunday after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4 in the all-French final of the Erste Bank 500 in Vienna, Austria.
His Vienna hardcourt title was in addition to triumphing at Budapest on clay and Stuttgart on grass.
“All the work I’ve done has paid off,” said Pouille after winning his career-first 500-level event. “I played some great tennis and I was a bit emotional at the end. It’s always great to finish the week with a victory. Jo has been playing for two weeks now and I knew he’d be a little tired. I had to be focused on every point. He made a few mistakes with the forehand and I found a way to win the match.”
It was the Frenchman’s fourth career title in six finals.
Tsonga remains in the hunt for one of the final year-end spots at the ATP Finals, with the final regular-season event next week at the Paris Masters.
Tsonga won only 32 percent of his second serve points as an aggressive Pouille hit 17 winners. The Frenchman was 4-0 in finals this year entering Vienna.
“Congrats to my good friend Lucas for his victory,” said Tsonga. “I love this tournament for the support they give me, every time I come here in Vienna. All the moments I spend here are special.”
With the loss Tsonga fell to 16-12 in career finals, finishing runner-up in Vienna for the second consecutive year after dropping the 2016 championship match to Andy Murray.
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