French tennis player Lucas Pouille claimed his first grass-court title at the Stuttgart Open after beating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez here on Sunday. Pouille powered his 29th ace on championship point rallying past Feliciano Lopez, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, to capture his third career title in Stuttgart.
Lopez started on a good note and won 14 of 15 points played on his first serve in the opening set, including banging a body serve to seize a one-set lead. However, he failed to capitalise on lead as Pouille came back from a set down to win the game.
“I think I took a little bit more of the opportunities than him. He had some break points and didn’t make them, and I had only one or two and I made them. So I think that made the difference,” Pouille told to ATP.
With this victory, the Frenchman won his third title throughout his career and the second this season after winning the inaugural Gazprom Hungarian Open on clay in April.
On the other hand, The 35-year-old Lopez was trying to win his third grass-court title. The Spaniard falls to 5-11 in title matches and 2-2 in grass-court finals. Lopez’s previous grass-court crowns came in 2013-14 Eastbourne.
“It was a very good week for me overall. It’s tough for me to be happy after such a close match, but he deserved the win today,” Lopez said. “I’ve been very loyal to this tournament. I grew up watching all my friends win this tournament, but everyone here has made it even better than it was in the past.”
(With IANS inputs)