Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 'I eyed the Davis Cup title for 10 years'

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 'I eyed the Davis Cup title for 10 years'

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga achieved one of his career goals in winning the Davis Cup title, when he helped France beat Belgium 3-2 in the 2017 final. The world no. 15, who won four ATP titles this year (his personal record) posted a 1-1 win-to-loss record in the final against Belgium. He won his singles rubber against Steve Darcis on Friday, but lost to David Goffin in the reverse singles rubber on Sunday. 

But, Tsonga, whose win against Darcis helped France level the tie after Goffin won the first singles rubber against Lucas Pouille, said, 'The season was complicated for all the players, but there was a great spirit in the group, and we felt that this Davis Cup title had to stay here, among us, and being able to share this big joy is really beautiful.'

Speaking about the emotions he's been experiencing, he said, 'Do I feel relief? No I don't, because I love to play for my country and I will keep doing it, for me it's fantastic to have finally won the Davis Cup. I eyed it for ten years, I put a lot of things aside to play and win this competition.'

Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who helped France take a 2-1 lead in the tie, after winning the doubles rubber with Richard Gasquet on Saturday, also praised the whole team: 'I have been waiting for this moment for a while, I had lived a painful final just here, three years ago, in person. It's a beautiful story because we won a point from Jo, one from Richard and me in doubles and one point from Lucas. I am so happy that I want to dedicate this win to our friends who were on the bench: it's for them.'

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