Pouille brushes Bedene aside to lift Budapest title

Lucas Pouille was sublime on Sunday in the final of the Gazprom Hungarian Open in Budapest, demolishing Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-1 to record his second ever ATP World Tour title.

The Frenchman started the match in dominant fashion by immediately breaking Britain’s Bedene to race to a 3-0 lead.

Bedene, who was a qualifier, fought off three set points on his serve at 2-5, but Pouille comfortably held in the next game to take the opening set.

It continued to be one-way traffic for the top seed in the second stanza, who won six consecutive games to wrap up the contest in 64 minutes.

Speaking afterwards, Pouille admitted he was delighted with his form on clay having won this week and also having made the semi-finals last week in Monte Carlo.

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"I feel very happy with the way I started the clay season,” said Pouille.

“To win here gives me a lot of confidence for the future. It's been a great week and it was nice to see the French supporters in the crowd.

“My goal for the next few tournaments is to be at 200 per cent of my capacity, so I will do everything I can to be ready."