Tsonga Downs Bedene to Claim 4th Title in Metz

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France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 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% 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.

It was in Metz last year that world number 61 Tsonga had returned after a seven-month absence due to left knee surgery and the 2008 Australian Open finalist showed his battling qualities much to the delight of the home crowd.

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.

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