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Jo Wilfried-Tsonga beats David Goffin to win Rotterdam Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga engineered a comeback to defeat David Goffin at the Rotterdam Open and earn a first ATP title since 2015.

Tsonga had lost his last two finals, against Andy Murray in Vienna and Novak Djokovic in Shanghai, but he showed all his battling qualities to come from behind and claim his 13th career single title with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 success in just under two hours.

Tsonga, 31, will move up to 11th in the world rankings on Monday.

World No 11 Goffin, playing his second ATP final in a row after losing in Sofia to Grigor Dimitrov, is set to become the first Belgian man to enter the world top 10.

Goffin lost to Grigor Dmitrov in the Sofia final last week and has now lost his last six finals since beating Tsonga en route to the trophy in Metz.

It was Goffin who dominated the early exchanges with two breaks in the opening five games to open up a 4-1 lead and despite an immediate break back from the Frenchman it was Goffin who claimed the first set.

A much improved Tsonga rallied in the second set and dominated behind a full firing serve and with a 5-4 lead he forced two break points and with it two for the set.

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