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04 October 2009 :: 12:10:31 pm 6533

PTT Thailand Open 2009 : Troicki Stuns Tsonga To Set Up Final Clash Against Simon

Viktor Troicki of Serbia stunned top-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a sensational three-set match, 1-6 6-2 6-3, and advanced to the final round of the PTT Thailand Open on Saturday.
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Hard-hitting Troicki, seeded fourth, stormed back from a set deficit and dominated the second and the third sets against crowd favorite Tsonga. The 23-year-old Serbian managed to break his more highly fancied opponent twice in each of the last two sets before wrapping up the match.

“It’s great to beat top 10 players. I think I played better today even though I didn’t have a chance in the first set,” the Serbian #2 said. “I used my chances. I’m really happy and satisfied that I won today.” World #32 Troicki, who lost in the second round last year is eyeing his first ATP title in his third appearance in Bangkok.

“I’m looking forward to the final. I hope it’s gonna be fun. I’m gonna play good. I’m gonna try for my first title,” he added.

The French #1 Tsonga failed to defend his title in Bangkok and said playing Davis Cup the previous week and the traveling worn him out. “I didn’t have enough energy. It was difficult and I was tired,” Tsonga said.

“I played some tough matches last week in Davis Cup and also this week. That was why I lost today,” said the world #7 who vowed to come back next year. “Sometimes, you have to accept the difficulty and that’s it.”

Troicki set up a final-round clash against world #10 Gilles Simon who beat sixth-seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria in a tense straight-set match, 6-4 7-6(7-3).

Simon managed to break Melzer in the eighth game of the first set, before giving the break back and ultimately claimed the set after collecting another break in the tenth game.

In the second set, both players held their serve before Simon took the tiebreaker and won the match on his second match point.

“I knew I had to fight,” said the second seed. “You can’t win against this guy if you don’t give your maximum.”

“Today, it was really close. I think I played better than him in important points,” added Simon who said he played better tennis today as he had had enough rest.

Simon is looking forward to capturing his first ATP title of the season. He is the only player in the world top ten who has yet to win a title in 2009.

In doubles, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Mischa Zverev of Germany eased into the final after defeating Frenchmen Tsonga and Fabric Santoro in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.

Garcia-Lopez and Zverev will take on American duo, Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram in the final round which will take place tomorrow at 1:00pm.


Reporter : Jack Rames   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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