Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the French fourth seed, won the 576,000 euros ATP tournament on Sunday, defeating compatriot Michael Llodra 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) for his fourth career title which he dedicated to his sick father.
World number 12 Tsonga added the win a fortnight after his success in the South African Open, living up to his pre-match status as favourite on the heels of his fine win over top-seeded world number three Serb Novak Djokovic in the semis.
“I almost didn’t come here. I couldn’t tell you that my father was operated on this week. Today, I dedicate this win to him,” said Tsonga.
Alluding back to his fourth straight win over Djokovic, he added: “With this tournament I showed I was capable of beating one of the world’s top players once again and that I was ready to make the step up to join the big guys.”