Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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(February 24, 2013) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survived a match point to claim his 10th career ATP World Tour title with a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over Tomas Berdych in the final of Marseille. Tsonga held off 5 match points in his quarterfinal match against Bernard Tomic. “This is a great victory,” Tsonga said. “I stayed in the match even when it was very difficult and waited for my chance. I survived and took my chance when it came. I’m very happy. This shows me that I’m on the right way. The draw was very strong here.”   “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.” Tsonga is now the first player to win an ATP World Tour title saving match point(s) in two different matches during the same tournament since Sam Querrey did it in Los Angeles in 2010. Tsonga also captured the Marseille title in 2009. “This victory is different from the one in 2009,” Tsonga said. “Back then I had some problems. Today I see that my work pays off. The good thing was that I never gave up even if he played very well and didn’t make any mistakes. I really want to do well. I do everything every day to be at the top which also means a lot of sacrifice.” Tsonga snapped his three-match losing streak to Berdych.   RESULTS – SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2013 Singles – Final [3] J Tsonga (FRA) d [1] T Berdych (CZE) 36 76(6) 64 – Saved 1 M.P. Doubles – Final [2] R Bopanna (IND) / C Fleming (GBR) d [1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 64 76(3)
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