Frenchman Lucas Pouille came from a set down and needed a second set tie-break to beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, to claim the grass-court title at Stuttgart on Sunday.
“That’s my first title on grass, “he said, who has now won three (ATP) Tour titles and sits 16th in the world rankings.
“I had a tight match in the first round and from there I took it one match at a time,” he added, looking back to his win over Jan-Lennard Struff in which he saved a match point.
Pouille suffered from the power of Lopez’s serve early on but gradually got the measure of the 35 year old, who faded towards the end of the third set.
It was his third final of the season after a defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Marseille and a victory over Aljaz Bedene in Budapest.