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Tsonga overpowers Djokovic for title

September 28, 2008 16:29 IST

Second-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his maiden tour title after beating top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-4 at the Thailand Open on Sunday.

Tsonga exacted his revenge for his loss to Djokovic in this year's Australian Open final with a determined performance to deny the Serb his fourth title of the year.

The $576,000 Bangkok tournament was only the Frenchman's second since returning from a three-month layoff following knee surgery.

In a battle of big-hitters, Tsonga overcame a hail of topspin forehands from Djokovic, picking off the world number three with a combination of powerful serves and inch-perfect drop shots.

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