Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off a superb comeback against David Goffin to win the final of the Rotterdam Open 4-6 6-4 6-1 and take his first ATP title since 2015.
The 31-year-old was stunned in the first set as Goffin stormed into the lead after a blistering opening to the match.
The first point was a 14-shot rally as Goffin took control of the tie almost immediately by scoring the first point on Tsonga’s serve.
Goffin is set to break into the top ten singles rankings after an excellent start to the year and demonstrated his new-found confidence by taking the first set 6-4.
But Tsonga drew on his big-match experience in the second set as he battled his way back to level terms.
The Frenchman’s game may have been continually interrupted by unforced errors, but Goffin was a hard man to break down as the Belgian saved four set points before finally succumbing to Tsonga’s will.
The third set saw Tsonga race into a five-game lead as he began to take control of the clash.
A double break from Tsonga put the Frenchman in the driving seat in the third set as Goffin’s morale and confidence took a serious dive.
This was Goffin’s second final in a row after reaching the championship match in Melbourne, but once again his lack of experience in the big moments showed.
Tsonga was hitting winner after winner and was brushing aside Goffin’s weak serve as the Belgian began to crumble.
Goffin did eventually win his first game to make it 5-1, but Tsonga could not be stopped as he took the next game to see out the final.
It is Tsonga’s first ATP title since 2015 as he follows up several strong showings in tournaments this year to take his first championship in 2017.