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Pouille beats Lopez in three sets to win Stuttgart title

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France's Lucas Pouille poses next to the winner's car, a Mercedes-Benz E 400 Cabrio 4 Matic, after defeating Spain's Feliciano Lopez (not in picture) in the final match at the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany.

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ByEurosport
18/06/2017 at 14:02 | Updated 19/06/2017 at 07:40

Big-serving world number 16 Lucas Pouille tuned up for Wimbledon by muscling past Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 in just over two hours on Sunday to win the Stuttgart Open.

The 23-year-old, seeded fourth, fired a total of 29 aces on his way to his second title of the year following his victory in Budapest in April. He also reached the final in Marseille earlier this year.

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The 35-year-old Lopez, who last reached a final in August 2016, was aiming for a sixth career title and third on grass when he broke early in the first set to race into the lead.

"I think I took a little bit more of the opportunities than him," said Pouille.

"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."

He then had a handful of opportunities to break again with the score at 1-1 and 2-2 in the second but Pouille held serve and eventually claimed the set on a tiebreak.

Pouille's patience paid off when a double fault and two unforced errors from Lopez gave the Frenchman his first break points midway through the third set. He took his chance at the first opportunity and then comfortably held serve.

Pouille who saved a matchpoint against Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of 16, squandered his first against Lopez with a double fault but made amends on his third with an ace.

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