Well that was bittersweet from Goffin after finally breaking Top 10 by reaching the Final. You just saw how disappointed he was at the end, he really would love to finally win a title and in a 500 in that, beating a player who was a Top 10 regular before, and is a winnable match for him. But alas, he has still much to develop, as his game just went downward per Set, while Jo actually I felt just kept his level from the 1st Set, or just adjusted enough to get the win. But hey, Tsonga's peak is high and him finding the range makes it hard for other players to step up.
1st Set was a Goffin masterclass I felt, full flowing Goffin that made Tsonga comfortable and not find his range. Could've been a bagel if Goffin kept GOATing every point because he really did well there. However, an issue that he may regret later, that Goffin put his foot out of the pedal a bit after the 2nd break, and got broken. Did OK to serve it out, but signs of form dropping was there.
2nd Set was tight, but you just felt Goffin wasn't as commanding as he was in the 1st Set. Started to struggle a bit on serve, and Tsonga's FH improved a bit. Wasn't able to even produce a BP, and when the final service game where at times he just can't handle Tsonga's FH, he really had to get out of that game I felt for him to feel OK, but he just didn't seem to find the right game to get the upper hand. 3rd Set had Tsonga just got his teeth to the match and Goffin just didn't get escape. The moment the 1st serve left he practically lost the point -- and he has few of them in that Set. Net play wasn't good too in this time. Tsonga was serving quite well in the latter parts which helps him put the pressure. The BH at times was good, probably not helping Goffin confidence. Tsonga's experience and physicality just was strong and was able to get the win.
For Tsonga it was a good win especially against players like Berdych, Cilic and Goffin on his path. Has been playing good these first weeks and actually may get back into the Top 10 with some good results. For Goffin though, I say he was a bit tired after playing 2 back to back tournaments and reaching Finals. Still, I do agree he must stay sharp and aggressive, because when he did he had the upperhand at times, but for now it is time to focus on the positives and look forward on what he improve as a new Top 10er.
If it isn't addressed soon enough, might end up being his Achilles heel: losing from a winning position because he reduced his intensity - that Raonic loss against Wimbly particularly hurts.
...Let me regurgitate: that traditional tennis mentality of breaking serve once and just focusing on holding your own for the rest of the set just doesn't work well against the top players these days. He has to lift his baseline level of intensity during matches like the top guys. Federer is a GOAT frontrunner because he doesn't slack off. Nadal trained himself to play every point as if it were a match-point - that is how he won outside clay. These are psychological shifts and are entirely possible. His best, most focused and intense tennis has to be the consistent one he should play match by match and his body must simultaneously be trained to sustain that sort of intensity. Basically, practice with intensity.
If its going to be a passive little Goffin against booming forehands, it will never be pretty, and this top-ten run will be short-lived. And I do hope his coach somehow understands this weakness and expedites that aspect of his mental attitude because sadly his demeanor just doesn't suggest he's still grasped he's now handling a world-class player!