Czech Tomas Berdych won the Stockholm Open 2012 title after beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets 4-6 6-4 6-4 in Sunday’s final.
This is the second title of the year for the Czech player, who improved his head to head record against Tsonga to 3-1.
However, it was the Frenchman who drew first blood as he broke Berdych in the fifth game of the first set to go 3-2 up. After no more breaks in the set, the top seed took a lead in the match.
Tsonga managed to carry the momentum into the start of the second set and took his opponent’s serve once more in the opening game. Unfortunately for him, Berdych found his rhythm and not only did he claw the break back to level the score at 4-4, but he went on to clinch the following two games to force a decider.
Both players fended off break points in the third set, but the most crucial moment came at the end of it. As Berdych averted a couple of break points in the 9th game to eventually take a 5-4 lead, he then went on to take Tsonga’s serve to capture the Stockholm title.