Sunday, October 21, 2012

Berdych beats Tsonga to win Stockholm Title

Berdych beats Tsonga to win Stockholm Title

Tomas Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Stockholm Open title.

In the first set Tsonga forced Berdych into making mistakes and eventually broke the Czech to 3-2 on his fourth break point.

With some powerful serving and aggressive play, the Frenchman went on to clinch the opening set 6-4.

He proceeded to break Berdych in the opening game of the second set, and then held his serve until 4-3. Berdych finally broke back to 4-4, then reeled off the next two games to take the set.

In a tight deciding set, Berdych saved a break point to hold serve for 5-4 and in the following game, Tsonga then saved two match points by hitting an ace and a winner but ultimately lost on a double fault.

"It feels pretty good to have won a second title this season," said Berdych. "When I was 2-4 down in the second set, I remained positive and focused on my game. Against Jo you have to stay positive until the last point. I am happy that I was able to turnaround the match and that’s what makes this title special."

"London is always a goal every season," said Berdych on his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. "You have to play well the whole year to qualify. It will be special for me, if I make it for the third year in a row. I then hope to do well for Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final at home."

"I feel bad," said a disappointed Tsonga. "I think we played a great match and I had many opportunities. I did some wrong things, but I gave my best tennis and I lost, so I have nothing to regret."

AP Photo / Scanpix Sweden / Soren Andersson