Jo Wilifred-Tsonga picked up his third title of the year after winning the Rakutan Japan Open by defeating Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-3.
Tsonga’s first serve percentage of over seventy percent helped him control play in both sets. Youzhny did have a great event taking out both Gilles Simon and Lleyton Hewitt. Hopefully Youzhny will take this good week to get his career in gear after flirting with the top twenty for a while.
Tsonga is again playing well at year’s end in hopes of qualifying for London. And with Roddick losing early in China, Tsonga stands a good chance of passing Roddick in the rankings depending on how things shake out in Shanghai and Paris where Tsonga is defending champion.
But in the race for London, Roddick probably just has a win a match of two to qualify. After him in the race is Fernando Verdasco, Fernando Gonzalez, Jo Wilifred-Tsonga and Gilles Simon.
And nice touch at the end to have Queen’s “We Are The Champions” playing during the trophy ceremony. Perhaps the ATP should get an “Official” song for trophy event?