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Open Sud de France: Lucas Pouille beats Richard Gasquet to win fifth ATP title

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In the fourth all-French final in Montpellier in the last six years, second seed Lucas Pouille edged triple champion Richard Gasquet 7-6 6-4 in 87 minutes to lift his fifth ATP title and the second in front of the home crowd in Montpellier.

In the opening set, Gasquet got off to a good start, but it was Pouille who was most consistent as he was rewarded with the set, earning a pair of mini breaks from Gasquet, who offered little.

Pouille earned the first break of the match proper in game five of the second set. Pouille held serve relatively comfortably again, as Gasquet found himself unable to muster a single break point in the second set. The lone exception was as Pouille served for the match. Gasquet fended off three match points to get back to deuce. Pouille then closed it out at the fourth time of asking.

The win sees Pouille take his first title in Montpellier, adding to other titles in Budapest, Metz, Vienna and Stuttgart.

The 23-year-old Pouille could move as high as no. 12 in the ATP rankings as a result of his title win.

Both men will be in action at the Rotterdam Open starting Monday. Pouille, seeded 7th, faces Andrey Rublev in the first round. Gasquet, unseeded faces compatriot qualifier Pierre Hugues-Herbert in his opener.

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