Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  has been in very good shape since Queens Club, however, his self-confidence was spoiled a bit with two devastating defeats to Federer and Nadal in back-to-back matches. He came to his home country, interacted with the crowd profoundly and won his first title in the last two years. He should have won the final much more easier but squandered two break points leading 4:1 in the 2nd set. In the 3rd set he broke Ljubicic twice (in the 3rd and 9th game of the set). “I am so happy to have won the title, it was a long time since I lifted a trophy and I am happy I was able to do here in Metz, in front of the French public,” said Tsonga increasing his chances to qualify for ‘Masters’.
Bucharest: without any doubts Florian Mayer  had a potential through many years to join the list of singles title winners #. The unorthodox German advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals just in his 8th tournament at the main level (2004), since then he needed another seven years and 131 tournaments played to finally claim his first title. He did it in persuasive style; lost a bagel set in his first match (to Berlocq) but wasn’t seriously threatened in that match though (6-2 0-6 6-4), leading comfortably in the deciding set. “The beginning was not perfect, I was so nervous today,” said Mayer about his fifth ATP final. “I wanted to win so badly. My legs were heavy. I was lucky at the beginning, he was 3:1, 40/15 up in the first set. Today he made some untypical mistakes and once I got a break in the second set I relaxed and played better.” Mayer has won 9 Challengers.
S: (1)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. (4)Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3
D: J.Murray/A.Sa d. L.Dlouhy/M.Melo 6-4, 7-6(7)
S: (2)Florian Mayer d. (4)Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-1
D: D.Bracciali/P.Starace d. J.Knowle/D.Marrero 3-6, 6-4, [10-8]
Choker of the week:
Adrian Ungur in Bucharest, he could reach his first ATP quarterfinal but wasted a triple match point against Joao Souza in a tie-break. Ungur had his first match point before the tie-break, Souza won 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-1.
The list of “first time title winners” in 2011:
8 – Milos Raonic (San Jose)
13 – Ivan Dodig (Zagreb)
32 – Ryan Sweeting (Houston)
38 – Kevin Anderson (Johannesburg)
38 – Pablo Andujar (Casablanca)
45 – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Umag)
55 – Robin Haase (Kitzbuhel)
140 – Florian Mayer (Bucharest)
174 – Andreas Seppi (Eastbourne)
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