paris08tsonga_nalbandian

paris08tsonga_nalbandian

Points won by each set: [ 30-22, 27-33, 36-29 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Tsonga – 37 of 89
23 % Nalbandian – 21 of 88

Brilliant service performance from the 23-year-old Tsonga [14], who needed to win this tournament to qualify for the ‘Masters’ event in Shanghai – it happened for the second time in Paris that a home player, who wasn’t considered among favourites, had to capture the title to qualify for the season ending championships, and pleased the local crowd (previously Sebastien Grosjean in 2001). Tsonga got decisive breaks at 1:0 in 1st and 1-all in 3rd set. Serving for the title he found himself at 0/40, but the defending champion Nalbandian [8] couldn’t capitalize on any of three opportunities, I think he should have won the second one when the Frenchman made a dropshot invitation… “I think everyone contributed to my victory today, this one’s for you,” Tsonga told the home crowd. “This ends a great season for me. I’ve played really well and the cherry on the cake is that I will go to Shanghai.”

Tsonga’s route to his 2nd title:
2 Radek Stepanek 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
3 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Q Andy Roddick 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5)
S James Blake 6-4, 6-3
W David Nalbandian 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

# Tsonga trailed 2:3* in the 3rd set vs Stepanek, he was three points away from losing to Roddick

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