Lucas Pouille beats Dominic Thiem to win Moselle Open and first ATP title

Sunday September 25th, 2016

METZ, France (AP) — Lucas Pouille clinched his first career title on Sunday, beating top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 7–6 (5), 6–2 to win the Moselle Open final.

The third-seeded Frenchman, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist earlier this month, clipped a neat volley for match point and then hit an ace down the middle.

The 22-year-old Pouille lifted his head back and then wagged a finger in celebration, before the 10th-ranked Thiem hugged him at the net.

Pouille won 83% of points on his first serve and saved the only break point he faced in the first set.

Thiem, who was bidding for his eighth career title, saved all three break points in the first set, but Pouille broke him twice in the second.

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