Jo-Wilfried Tsonga admitted it was special to beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer en route to winning the Toronto Masters in 2014 but added his Paris Masters was his best Masters run. In 2008, Tsonga became a Masters champion after defeating David Nalbandian in the Paris final.
Six years later, Tsonga captured his second Masters title after winning Toronto. En route to winning Toronto, Tsonga beat Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray. This Monday, Tsonga suffered a first round loss at the Monte Carlo Masters.
After the loss, Tsonga was asked to pick his best Masters victory. Tsonga replied: "Bercy (Paris Masters)."
Tsonga on why Paris over Toronto
One of the reasons why Tsonga never won a Grand Slam was because he couldn't deliver against the Big Four.
In Toronto, Tsonga beat three Big Four group members and it was probably one of the best weeks of his career. "Because it was all new. It was the first time and Bercy was in France. I had all my childhood friends with me, the family, all my coaches since I was very young, and by very young, I mean seven years old, Everything came together, and so I was a newcomer in those Masters 1000.
Everything was extraordinary," Tsonga explained. "But of course from the game point of view, Toronto was great because I beat Djokovic, Federer. This is what people asked from me every week and I couldn't do. Beating them one after the other was very complicated, and that week I was able to do that after a difficult period I went through with my team, with Thiery, with Michele, with my brother, with friends.
We had set a mission for all of us to win again, so it was also great."
Tsonga, a former world No, 5, announced last week his plans to retire at the French Open.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on why Bercy was his best Masters run:
"Because it was all new. It was the first time & Bercy was in France...But ofc from the game point of view, Toronto was great because I beat Djokovic, Federer.