Pouille beats Tsonga in Vienna final for 3rd title of season

October 29, 2017

Lucas Pouille of France returns the ball to Jo Wilfried Tsonga of France during their final match at the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — Lucas Pouille won his third title of the season and fourth overall after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4 in an all-French final at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.

The 25th-ranked Pouille had not won a set against Tsonga in their two previous matches, which included the final in Marseille in February.

Tsonga, who won in Antwerp last week, went 4-1 in finals this season. It was his third final in Vienna after winning the event in 2011 and losing last year’s final to Andy Murray.

Pouille controlled the match after saving a break point at 1-1. He won five straight games to take the opening set. He used one more break to close out the victory when Tsonga hit a return long.

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