Chardy strikes back for first title

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Jeremy Chardy won his first ATP World Tour title and became the first Frenchman to triumph at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart since Henri Leconte in 1984 after beating Victor Hanescu 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Romanian, appearing in his third ATP World Tour final, clinched the first set in 31 minutes – courtesy of service breaks in the second and sixth games. The World No.33 hit two aces and won 19 of 29 service points.

The second set was on serve until the sixth game when Chardy sealed a service break. The Frenchman then cruised through the set, winning 20 of 26 service points and hitting four aces.

Chardy maintained his composure, racing out to a 4-0 lead in the decider, but Hanescu regained his form and began fighting back. The 28 year-old broke serve in the sixth game, and saved two break points to trail 3-4.

Hanescu let opportunities slip away in the eighth game as his opponent sprang into life and clinched a fourth service break to win in one hour and 49 minutes.


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