Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been one of the best indoor players on the ATP Tour in the last 10 years, winning 11 out of his 16 ATP titles with a roof over his head, and he proved his supremacy in those conditions once again today.
After David Goffin pushed Belgium into an early lead, Jo had to beat Steve Darcis to keep France alive in the Davis Cup final, and he delivered an amazing performance to topple his rival by 6-3 6-2 6-1 in an hour and 46 minutes, leveling the overall score to 1-1 and moving the attention to Saturday's doubles match. Carried by the partisan crowd in Lille, Jo was untouchable in his service games, dropping 2 points behind his first serve and never facing a break point, and he broke Steve 6 times from 11 chances to control the result from start to finish.
This was the 21st Davis Cup singles win for Jo in 28 matches and the 3rd in 2017 campaign and scoring 2 against Serbia in the semis. Tsonga and Darcis met only once before, in Futures 5 years ago, and we expected better performance from the Belgian, who is a decent indoor player as well, but he was overpowered in every segment, unable to win more than 6 games.
He barely won 50% of the points in his games, with no free points or aces that could give him some breathing space, and he never found his groundstrokes, especially his backhand. He had to play against 11 break points and he had to hand his serve 6 times, which was all that Jo needed to bring the match home.
2nd rubber result: