Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat countryman Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, his fifth career title.
It was the third time in 10 months that Pouille saved match points en route to an ATP title.
The 23-year-old saved two match points at 1-6, 3-5 against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals. He entered the event at No. 17 on the ATP rankings.
Pouille also saved one match point against Jan-Lennard Struff and two match points against Jiri Vesely in second-round matches en route to titles in Stuttgart and Budapest in 2017.
It was Pouille’s fourth straight win over Gasquet who was competing in his sixth straight Montpellier final.
Pouille improved to 5-2 in career finals. The 31-year-old Gasquet, a three-time Montpellier winner, dropped to 14-15 in career finals.
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