Pouille beats Gasquet for Montpellier title

Lucas Pouille backs up his status as the top-ranked French player
AFP

Montpellier (France) (AFP) – French tennis number one Lucas Pouille clinched his fifth career ATP title on Sunday with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 defeat of compatriot Richard Gasquet in the Montpellier final. 

Three-time former champion Gasquet reached the final of the event for a sixth straight year, but the 31-year-old finished runner-up for the second time in a row following his 2017 defeat to Alexander Zverev.

Pouille, who sealed the Davis Cup for France in last year’s final, missed his country’s first-round victory over the Netherlands in Albertville last week with a neck injury. 

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