German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk won the Moselle Open in Metz on Sunday, defeating No. 7 seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2 in the final.
The German won seven matches in eight days, becoming the first qualifier to win an ATP title this year.
The 28-year-old ran out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before closing it out.
“It was a totally different match, because then it was on grass in Stuttgart,” Gojowczyk said of their lone previous tour-level encounter. “He was better than me on that day. But I felt much better today and it was only one or two points [to decide] the first set. It was a long rally on the break point. I was serving well all day and that was the difference.”
Paire was looking for his second career title after winning at 2015 Bastad.
“He didn’t miss many shots and it was tough for me,” Paire said. “But I’m happy for my week and I’m happy for him because he’s a good guy. If I play like I did this week, I think I can do something good. There are a lot of positives. And the crowd was unbelievable, supporting me all week.”
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