Tsonga upsets Djokovic

Bangkok, September 28:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stunned Novak Djokovic to win the Thailand Open today and help erase his loss to the Serbian in the final of this year’s Australian Open.

Tsonga, ranked 20 in the world, fell to his knees after the 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over the world No 3 in only his second tournament back at the top after missing three months from knee surgery. The win, in only his second career final, was sweet revenge for the Frenchman after he lost the Grand Slam final eight months ago to the Serbian.

The hard-fought victory denied Djokovic his fourth trophy of the season and the chance to move closer in the rankings to world No 2 Roger Federer. Tsonga saved two break points in the final game as Djokovic sent a return long on match point. The defeat was the 14th of the season for Djokovic against 58 wins and left the 21-year-old 10-6 in career finals.

China Open

BEIJING: Andy Roddick held off a fierce challenge from Israeli underdog Dudi Sela to win the China Open on Sunday as top seed Jelena Jankovic sealed the women’s title.

Roddick, the second seed, beat 92-ranked Sela 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 while Jankovic beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

In the women’s final, top seed Jankovic beat Russia’s Kuznetsova, the 2006 winner, 6-3, 6-2. Both fended off break point chances midway through the first set before Jankovic made the breakthrough in the seventh game, forcing another break to take the set.

Fourth seed Kuznetsova could not match the intensity of Jankovic’s play in the second set as the Serbian took a 5-1 lead. Although Jankovic faltered when serving for the match, a succession of errors from the Kuznetsova racket in the following game gave her another chance and she took the set 6-2.