Pouille beats Thiem to win Moselle Open and 1st title

Lucas Pouille clinched his first career title on Sunday, beating top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (5), 6-2 to win the Moselle Open final.

The third-seeded Frenchman, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist earlier this month, clipped a neat volley for match point and then hit an ace down the middle.

The 22-year-old Pouille tilted his head back and then wagged a finger in celebration, before the 10th-ranked Thiem hugged him at the net.

"I'm really happy to win my first title here. I played well from the beginning," Pouille said. "Now I can rest and get ready for (the China Open) next week in Beijing."

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