Lucas Pouille Captures First ATP Title, Takes Down Dominic Thiem In Metz
by Staff | September 26th, 2016, 10:26 am

Frenchman Lucas Pouille broke through for his first career title on Sunday in France, defeating top-seeded Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-2 for the Moselle Open crown in Metz.

The 22-year-old improved to 30 wins on the year and recorded a fifth win over a Top 10 opponent.

“Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year,” the Frenchman said. “It was a well-played final. We both played at a high level.”

Pouille improved to 1-1 in career finals, and Thiem fell to 7-3 in finals.

“I think the first set was a pretty high level from both of us,” said Thiem. “I should have won the tiebreak, but had an easy volley mistake. All in all, he was the better player and had more chances in my service games. He deserved to win today. I think he put pressure on me all the time and was serving really well.

“He’s had an amazing year, reaching the quarterfinals in the last two Grand Slam and semis in the Masters 1000 in Rome. I think we will see him in the Top 10 soon.”

Pouille won his last two matches over the top two seeds, beating No. 2 David Goffin in the semifinals on Saturday then the top-seeded Thiem on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Pouille moves up two spots to a career-high No. 16 this week. Pouille began the year ranked No. 78.

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3 Comments for Lucas Pouille Captures First ATP Title, Takes Down Dominic Thiem In Metz

RZ Says:

Pouille is now 13th in the race to London. He’s moved ahead of Kyrgios and Tsonga. Impressive!

The top 8 seems mostly set though. I could see Berdych or Cilic sneaking in if they have storng fall seasons (though Cilic may want to focus more on the Davis Cup final), otherwise it will probably be the same top 8 who have been in the running most of the year. Nishikori and Raonic will probably clinch their spots in a few weeks.

Khb Says:

Congrats to Lucas. Extremely talented.
He broke through and is part of the top 15 elite.

Problem child Nick won’t be so lucky in Slams.
Very hateful dude will fail in basketball too.

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