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Pouille wins Mercedes Cup for third career title

(TSX / STATS) -- Fourth-seeded Lucas Pouille recorded 29 aces to defeat Feliciano Lopez in the Mercedes Cup on Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany, to win his third career ATP title.

The Frenchman rebounded from a tough opening set to post a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over the 35-year-old Lopez.

The 23-year-old Pouille also saved six of seven break points en route to securing his second title of the year.

"I think I took a little bit more of the opportunities than him," Pouille said afterward. "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."

Lopez looked in good position when he won the opening set and had a chance to seal it in the second.

But Pouille prevailed in the tiebreaker to stay alive and then played better than the Spaniard in the final set to close it out in two hours and five minutes.

"It was a very good week for me overall," Lopez said. "It's tough for me to be happy after such a close match, but he deserved the win today.

"I've been very loyal to this tournament. I grew up watching all my friends win this tournament, but everyone here has made it even better than it was in the past."

Lopez dropped to 5-11 in title matches. He was playing in his first of 2017.

With Wimbledon looming on the horizon, Pouille is hoping he can ride the momentum of this victory toward making a run at the All-England Club. But first he hopes to make some noise at this week's Halle Open.

"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," Pouille said. "I will need to focus again for next week and be ready to play my first round in Halle," Pouille said.

Updated June 18, 2017

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