Published: Mon, September 26, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Top seed Thiem reaches Moselle Open final

Top seed Thiem reaches Moselle Open final

In what has been an unbelievable contest, at least in the opening set, the 3rd seed Lucas Pouille clinches his first ATP title at home in Metz, defeating the top seed Dominic Thiem 7-6 6-2 in 78 minutes.

The Thiem serve was key to closing: He served 66 percent and won 20 of 24 points played on his serve in the decider.

Thiem withstood 16 aces from the big-serving Muller, taking the only break of serve in the match during the first set.

The Austrian is the number one seed for the tournament and he was in impressive form against Muller, as he needed just 82 minutes to secure a straight sets victory, while he did not face a single break point against the Luxembourgian.

Thiem sits in seventh position in the race for the ATP Finals, which will be in London in November, with five of the eight slots for the year-end tournament still up for grabs.

No. 4 Frenchman Gilles Simon beat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for the sixth time in as many meetings, winning 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4.

He next faces fourth-seeded Gilles Simon of France, who is bidding to win at Metz for the third time.

The top four seeds are through to the last four, although two of them did it the hard way. He made less number of errors and had a great net coverage to come out as a deserved victor in the end, and there is no doubt this is only the first out of many ATP crowns he will lift in the next 10 years or so.

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