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Berdych beats Tsonga in 3 sets to win in Stockholm

Associated Press Modified: October 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Tomas Berdych won his second ATP title this year by rallying to beat top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the Stockholm Open final on Sunday.

The sixth-ranked Czech saved seven of nine break-point chances in the hard-fought match to improve to 3-1 against Tsonga and add to his win in February in Montpellier, France. Berdych now has eight career titles — including winning more than one in a season for the first time.

"It feels pretty good ... this season has been really solid," Berdych said.

He saved a break point to hold serve for 5-4 in the deciding set. In the following game, Tsonga then saved two match points by hitting an ace and a winner but ultimately lost on a double fault.

"I just tried to stay positive until the end and tried to take points one by one," Berdych said. "I'm happy to turn it (the match) around, it makes the win even more special."

Berdych is aiming to make it into next month's London Finals, after which he will be part of the team to take on Spain in the Davis Cup final.

"To qualify into London is special, this is the one where you have to play well all year to get into the tournament. I'm hoping to make it for the third year in a row."

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