Tsonga Triumphs At Moselle Open In Metz

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (photo: Moselle Open)

METZ, September 23, 2019

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the first man to claim four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz. The 34-year-old Frenchman fought past Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, who was aiming to capture his maiden title on the ATP Tour, 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final.

Tsonga fired 19 aces, won 92 per cent of his first-service points and saved the only break point he faced. The World No. 61 gained the decisive break in the third set to prevail after two hours and 47 minutes.

“Mentally, I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to,” said Tsonga, as quoted on the ATP Tour website. “The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match, I am definitely happy to win here again.”

By lifting his 10th of his 18 ATP career trophies on home soil, Tsonga earned 250 ATP Ranking points and collected €90,390 in prize money. Bedene pocketed 150 ATP Ranking points and received €48,870.

“I only lost serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career,” said Bedene. “I had chances today. I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week.”

Lindstedt/Struff claim maiden team trophy

Earlier in the day, Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany took the doubles crowns. The duo upset the tournament’s No. 1 seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 2-6, 7-6(1), 10-4. The final lasted one hour and 29 minutes.

“I am very happy. It was a lot of fun to play with Robert. He is playing very good,” said Struff. “We worked very good as a team this week, with some tight matches earlier in the week… I am really happy that he played this week and I am very, very happy about the win.”

Lindstedt added: “It’s been a great week. I am really happy Struff asked me to play… It was a no-brainer for me to say yes. We had a really good first round with an unbelievable fight in the tie-break. Coming through such a tight match really helped us for the rest of the matches when the points were tight and we played our best tennis at that time.”