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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP title

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,
photo/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images, Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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Comment by Elaine on October 1, 2008 at 7:49am
Smile, Nole, you're still runner up!

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