|Posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Tomas Berdych lost to Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Tomas Berdych in action against Jo Wilfried Tsonga
OPEN 13 2013
Tsonga Denies Berdych For Marseille Crown; Saves 1 M.P.
Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from the brink of defeat for the second time this week on Sunday, saving a match point to beat top seed Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 for his 10th ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 in Marseille. Seven of Tsonga’s crowns have come indoors.
With the win, Tsonga reversed a 1-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record and three-match losing streak against Berdych to become the first player this season to win a title after facing match point during a tournament. In the quarter-finals, the Frenchman also saved five match points to edge Bernard Tomic. World No. 8 Tsonga is the eighth different Top 10 player to lift a trophy in 2013.
Trailing 5-6 in the second set tie-break, Tsonga hit back-to-back aces to reach set point and subsequently levelled the match. He broke Berdych for the first time to move ahead 2-1 in the third set and never looked back, tasting victory in two hours and 10 minutes. Tsonga finished with 17 aces to claim his second title in Marseille, adding to his triumph in 2009.
Berdych was appearing in his first final of the year. The sixth-ranked Czech dropped to an 8-9 mark in tour-level finals.
“I had a few chances, but Jo was able to serve well in the moment,” said Berdych. “That’s the sport. Here, I lost three tie-breaks. This one was very important. But it happens.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Tomas Berdych to take Marseille Open