ATP Vienna: Lucas Pouille beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for his 4th ATP crown

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ATP Vienna: Lucas Pouille beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for his 4th ATP crown

In the all-French final in Vienna, Lucas Pouille defeated the 8th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by 6-1 6-4 in 71 minutes to lift his 4th ATP crown and the 3rd of the season, becoming the first player of the season with ATP title on all 3 surfaces! They played twice before and Jo won both of those, and he would have been the favorite today as well if he was more rested, having to play his 9th match in some 11 days after winning the title in Antwerp last Sunday.

He did a fine job of reaching the title match but Lucas was just too strong, making a bigger impact with his serve and outplaying his compatriot from the baseline as well. After winning the title in Stuttgart in June, Pouille lost his ground and he won just 6 matches prior to Vienna, and only 1 after the US Open! Nonetheless, he found some form in the Austrian capital and this is his biggest title up to date, with the previous 3 coming at the ATP 250 level.

Lucas lost 16 points in 9 service games, facing 2 break points and saving both to keep his serve intact, and Jo couldn't follow that pace in his games, struggling with his second serve and losing his serve 3 times from 7 break points he offered to his opponent.

Pouille was the first who experienced troubles on his serve and he saved a break point in game 3 with a service winner, holding after 3 deuces to avoid the setback. Tsonga was in a similar situation in the following game, saving 2 break points with winners but hitting a double fault on the third to lose serve and fall 3-1 behind.

This shifted the momentum to Pouille's side and he moved 5-1 in front with another break in game 6 to hold the set firmly in his hands. Lucas wrapped up the opener by 6-1 after 30 minutes, firing a service winner to gain the lead after controlling his shots nicely to hit 10 winners and 6 unforced errors.

The second set kicked off with 4 easy holds and the 5th game proved to crucial, with 3 break points for Lucas. Tsonga fends off the first 2 with winners but he couldn't do the same on the third, netting a backhand to put himself in a very tough position.

Jo-Wilfried lost his temper at the end of the 6th game after a questionable call, but he managed to stay in the match and earn a break point in the 8th game. Lucas cracked a service winner to repel it and he held for a 5-3 lead, getting closer to the finish line.

Serving for the title, Pouille blasted 4 service winners in game 10 to bring the match home, conquering his first title of this rank in style. Final result:


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