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Lucas Pouille triumphs as Richard Gasquet suffers Montpellier heartbreak again

The all-French showdown was Richard Gasquet’s sixth appearance in the Montpellier finale in as many years, but he was punished by Lucas Pouille for costly errors.

tennis Updated: Feb 11, 2018 23:22 IST
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Lucas Pouille lifts his fifth ATP World Tour title after beating three-time champion Richard Gasquet in Montpellier on Sunday.(ATP World Tour/Twitter)

Richard Gasquet suffered heartbreak in the Open Sud de France final for the second year in succession, going down 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to Lucas Pouille.

The all-French showdown was Gasquet’s sixth appearance in the Montpellier finale in as many years, but he was punished by Pouille for costly errors.

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It was a welcome return to form for the 23-year-old after he was eliminated from the first round of the Australian Open for the fifth time in a row.

There was little between the duo in the opening set, but Pouille’s rangy groundstrokes in the tie-break proved too difficult for Gasquet to return.

The pivotal moment came in the fifth game of the second, when the world number 17 converted break point after the 31-year-old threatened to recover from 0-40 down.

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Pouille saw three match points slip away before a venomous forehand beat Gasquet and clinched his fifth ATP Tour title.

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 22:35 IST