Andy Murray proved much too much for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he won in straight sets to claim the Erst Bank Open title in Vienna.
Fresh from a walk-over in the semi-finals, Murray was out of the blocks quickly as he broke Tsonga at the first time of asking to surge into a 3-0 lead. The Scot closed out the opening set 6-3.
In the second set both players traded breaks before a tie-breaker was required to separate them.
As was the case throughout the evening, Murray won the big moments in the breaker and so took it 8-6 and in doing claimed the set, match and title.
While the final set was a closely contested affair, Murray’s consistent all-round game ensured he was always in control. In the end, he was certainly the deserved champion.
Speaking afterwards he gave credit to Tsonga but also admitted that he was extremely content with where his game is at as he heads to Paris next week to continue his pursuit of Novak Djokovic at the summit of the world rankings.
Tsonga, ever the entertainer, was full of praise for Murray.
"Next week he has the chance to be number one,” Tsonga smiled.
“I hope it will be the case, except if I play against him in Paris."