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Sep
11

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame Ivan Ljubicic 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 to claim the Moselle Open title in Metz.

Jo Wilfried Tsonga from France holds his trophy after defeating Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia in the final of the ATP "Open de Moselle" tennis tournament in Metz, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Mathieu Cugnot)

World number 10 Tsonga, playing in his homeland, has returned to form this year after overcoming injury problems and this was his first ATP title since winning in Tokyo nearly two years ago. Croatian Ljubicic, ranked 29 in the world, had enjoyed a 3-2 advantage over Tsonga in their previous five career meetings ahead of the final. Tsonga’s victory improved his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London in November. He is currently lying seventh in the singles rankings with four qualification spots available. Tsonga hit seven aces and broke Ljubicic’s serve in the first and seventh games in a 38-minute first set. He could have opened up a 5-1 lead in the second set but Ljubicic staged a revival and from 4-2 down Ljubicic won three of the next four games as the set headed for a tie-break. Tsonga took a 4-2 lead in the tie-break but Ljubicic won five straight points to take the set and the level the match. Tsonga regained his composure to break Ljubicic’s serve in the third and ninth games of the deciding set to take the title.

 

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