Lucas Pouille showed his fighting spirit in the final of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday as he clawed his way back from a set down to beat Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6, (7-5) 6-4 and so lift the title.
The final lasted two hours and eight minutes. It was a thrilling affair and certainly whet the appetite for the grass court season that lies ahead.
While Lopez will be frustrated that he was unable to close out the tournament after winning the first set, Pouille was full value for the victory.
Some big serving and solid groundstrokes got him back into the encounter and he was able to better control his emotions during the decisive moments than his Spanish opponent.
“I think I took a little bit more of the opportunities than him. He had some break points and didn't make them, and I had only one or two and I made them. So I think that made the difference,” Pouille said afterwards.
“Of course if you win the first tournament of the grass season you're very confident, but I know that every week is different and every player is tough to beat. I will need to focus again for next week and be ready to play my first round in Halle.”
Sunday marked the Frenchman’s second ATP title.