Tsonga has been a top player for many years. But he never made the jump to the elite, even though he has the game to do it.
What stopped his progress to the top? The fact that he is too massive and that affects his movement. He is too big and that slows him down. The multiple injuries didn’t help either, but those came maybe from the same reason.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the final in Antwerp without meeting any top player, defeating two french players. He wasn’t really tested. On the other hand, Diego Schwartzman impressed against David Ferrer and new sensation, Tsitsipas. The diminutive player showed his surprising power and his all-around composed game.
But Tsonga had other plans. The Frenchman managed to overpower and outplay Diego. The Argentinian couldn’t keep up in the rallies and was unable to read Jo’s serve.
Tsonga showed patience and maturity, dominating Schwartzman. He claimed the 4th title of 2017, with a clear 6-3, 7-5 victory.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga remains a specialist of small tournaments. He won 4 titles, but flunked in most of the big tournaments, losing in the opener at a lot of them. His best result in a grand slam this year came in Australian Open, where he reached the Quarters, losing to Wawrinka.