Resurgent Tsonga downs Bedene to claim fourth title

Metz (france), September 23

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (in pic) rallied from a set down to beat Aljaz Bedene 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-3 in the Moselle Open final on Sunday for his fourth title in the tournament. Playing in his fifth title clash in Metz, the 34-year-old fired 19 aces and won 92 percent of points on his first serve as he overcame a wobbly start to seal a second title of the season following his triumph in Montpellier in February. Bedene, seeking his first tour-level trophy, edged a tight opening set but a determined Tsonga hit back in the second set to drag the contest into a decider. With his powerful forehand firing on all cylinders, Tsonga raced into a 3-0 lead and never looked back, closing out the victory in two hours and 47 minutes. Tsonga also became the ninth French champion in the last 11 editions of the tournament with 10 of his 18 ATP Tour trophies coming on home soil. Reuters