Lyon - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga warmed up for the French Open by winning
his first clay title in Lyon on Saturday, a 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 victory over Czech
France's Tsonga, seeded second, hit 13 aces to claim his
third title after Marseille and Rotterdam - both on hard court - a record for
him in a season.
The 32-year-old Tsonga will open his campaign at Roland
Garros - where he twice reached the semi-finals - against Argentine Renzo
Olivo, a first round casualty in Lyon.
"It's fabulous, I couldn't be happier," said
Tsonga. "I had a great week after a difficult period on a physical level,
picking up a shoulder injury while I was in fine form.
"It's my first title on clay and even if it comes a
little late I'm really happy."
The 13th-ranked French player will move up to 11th in the
world in Monday's ATP rankings.
It was Tsonga's fifth win over third-seeded Berdych in
thirteen meetings and his second in three meetings on clay.
Berdych, ranked 14th and the holder of 13 ATP titles, missed
the chance to convert two set points while he lead 5-4, 40-15 on his serve in
the first set.