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Tsonga falls, cedes crown to Verdasco

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Fernando Verdasco beat Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 6-3, on Saturday to win the Kooyong Classic, an eight-man exhibition warmup for the Australian Open.

Verdasco controlled the match, racing to a 4-0 lead in the second set before Tsonga broke back to 4-2.

After wins over 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and 2008 Australian champion Novak Djokovic to reach the final, Verdasco only needed 84 minutes to beat Tsonga, a surprise finalist at Melbourne Park two years ago. (AP)

AUSTRALIAN

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

BEAT

FERNANDO GONZALEZ OF CHILE

FERNANDO VERDASCO

FRENCHMAN JO WILFRIED TSONGA

KOOYONG CLASSIC

MELBOURNE PARK

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

TSONGA

VERDASCO

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