PARIS: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat defending champion David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Paris Masters and qualify for the season-ending Masters Cup. The 13th-seeded Tsonga clinched his second career title and becomes the first Frenchman since Sebastien Grosjean in 2001 to win the indoor tournament in Bercy.
He clinched victory when Nalbandian hit the ball into the net after having missed three break points to pull back to 5-5.
Russian top seed Nadia Petrova rallied to defeat American sixth seed Bethanie Mattek 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the WTA Quebec Challenge. It was the 11th-ranked Russian’s second title of the year after a victory in Cincinnati in August. Petrova, 26, also was a finalist last month at Stuttgart.
Mattek, ranked 43rd, settled for a runner-up finish after reaching her first WTA final. The 23-year-old American made semifinal runs as Los Angeles and Birmingham as she reached the top 50 in the rankings for the first time. — Agencies