Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6 (4), 6-4 to win the Thailand Open, clinching his first career title and avenging his loss to the top-seeded Novak in the Australian Open final.
"I didn't believe that I would win,"
he said. "But I played unbelievable, it was like a dream. But that's how you are obliged to play against an opponent like Novak."
"I didn't even think about the revenge," Tsonga said. "It's very special to win my first tournament. I wanted this since I was young. It's a dream come true."
This was Novak's 14th defeat of the season against 58 wins and left him 10-6 in career finals.
"I couldn't do it today, I lost to a great player,"
said Djokovic, who earned his last trophy in May at Rome.
"But all credit to Jo for winning his first title. I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more of him. He did a great job today."
(source The Press Association,
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