Tennis: Tsonga makes Antwerp final on comeback trail

The Antwerp ATP final will be Tsonga’s first final in five months.
The Antwerp ATP final will be Tsonga’s first final in five months.PHOTO: AFP

ANTWERP, Belgium (AFP) - French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga qualified for the final of the Antwerp ATP on Saturday (Oct 21) beating local player Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-3 and showing his knee injury is now behind him.

It will be Tsonga's first final in five months, although it comes in a tournament light on top talent as the 32-year-old seeks to gain fitness and confidence.

He is next due to play at the Vienna Open starting Monday 23 and then the Paris Masters the following week.

Tsonga is also set to lead France in next month's Davis Cup final against Belgium in Lille.

He felt pain in his right knee in September at St Petersburg and had not expected to be playing again yet.

On Sunday, Tsonga goes up against either Diego Schwartzman of Argentina or the 19-year-old newcomer Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat top seed David Goffin on Friday.