World number six Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 in the finals of the 2012 Moselle Open in Metz to retain his title. One year ago, Tsonga beat Ivan Ljubicic in the finals of the Moselle Open. The win takes Tsonga to 2,905 points in the Race for London. Tsonga is currently just within the qualifying positions for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with four places still up for contention.
The top-seeded Tsonga surrendered just six points behind his delivery and fired seven aces. He converted four of his six break point chances on Seppi’s serve to improve to a 3-1 lead over the Italian in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
"I had a complete match with no gaps, as opposed to yesterday," said Tsonga. "Of course, it's a lot easier when I can make a difference in two or three shots. If I had to define this week, I would simply say it was a perfect one."
The 27-year-old Tsonga captured his ninth ATP World Tour title and second of the season, following victory at the QatarExxonMobil Open in Doha in January. The right-hander, who has a 45-17 match record this year, was also a semifinalist at Wimbledon, Marseille and Winston-Salem.
"This is the first time I have been able to defend a title," said Tsonga. "So it's even more special that it's here at the Moselle Open, where I am the ambassador."