9/23/12 5:11 PM | Ricky Dimon
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga successfully defends his Metz title by taking care of Andreas Seppi in straight sets on Sunday. It is the ninth ATP triumph of Tsonga's career.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Moselle Open on Sunday afternoon. Tsonga fired seven aces and never faced a break point as he cruised to the title in just 50 minutes.
Seppi managed to hold his first service game, but it was pretty much all Tsonga the entire way. Metz's No. 1 seed and defending champion converted on his second break point at 2-1 in the first set with a perfect backhand pass. He broke again for a 5-1 advantage before serving things out with ease.
The trophy was all but in Tsonga's hands when he earned another scalp of the Seppi serve to begin set two. The seventh-ranked Frenchman capitalized on his second opportunity courtesy of a huge forehand winner. He was even more dominant on serve than he had been in the first, winning all 13 of his first-serve points and losing a mere two points in four service games. One more break of his own allowed Tsonga to finish it off on his racket at 5-2.
For Tsonga, this is his second title of the season and ninth of his career. Seppi was looking for his his second title of 2012 (third overall) in his his third final of the year.
"For sure it was not one of my best matches," the 28th-ranked Italian lamented. "He was serving very well and on his serve I had no chances.... Good week. I didn't expect to come here from Davis Cup and play good tennis, but actually I did."
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