USA's Steve Johnson celebrates after winning against France's Richard Gasquet during day one of the 2016 Championships at The Queen's Club, London, Monday June 13, 2016. Johnson defeated the number four seed Gasquet, 7-6 (2), 6-2. (Steve Paston/PA via AP
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June 25, 2016

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Steve Johnson of the United States won his first ATP title with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory over Pablo Cuevas in the final of the grass-court Nottingham Open on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Californian capitalized on two of his three break chances, all of which came in the second set after the first set went with serve. Johnson broke for 2-1, but his Uruguayan opponent broke back for 4-4 and held on until the 11th game before being broken a second time.

Johnson, seeded sixth, sealed the victory in the following game on his second match point.

The tournament in central England is a warmup for Wimbledon, where Johnson opens against Malek Jaziri of Tunisia on Monday.

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