Lucas Pouille wins Moselle Open to claim first ATP title

Lucas Pouille
Lucas Pouille beat Rafael Nadal in five sets to reach the last eight of this year's US Open

Frenchman Lucas Pouille claimed his first ATP title with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory over Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem in the Moselle Open final.

The world number 18, seeded third, battled from 4-0 down in the tie-break to take the first set.

The 22-year-old then twice broke the world number 10 in the second set before sealing victory with an ace.

Pouille has risen from a ranking of 78 this year, and reached the Wimbledon and US Open quarter-finals.

"I'm really happy to win my first title here. I played well from the beginning,'' said the new champion. "Now I can rest and get ready for the China Open next week in Beijing."

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