Tennis Roundup | Lucas Pouille lifts Stuttgart Open; Gilles Muller wins Ricoh Open

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Tennis Roundup | Lucas Pouille lifts Stuttgart Open; Gilles Muller wins Ricoh Open

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Lucas Pouille beat Feliciano Lopez in a thrilling three-set final to lift the title at the Stuttgart Open yesterday. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's Gilles Muller defeated Ivo Karlovic to win the Ricoh Open title and World No 70 Croatia’s Donna Vekic stunned Johanna Konta to win the Nottingham Open Final.

On Sunday, Frenchman Lucas Pouille wins his second title of the season after beating Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Pouille lost his first set but he brilliantly came back into the game.

“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 after winning the title.

At the Ricoh Open, fourth-seeded Gilles Muller defeated third seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to win his second ATP World Tour title on Sunday.

“I think we should make a suggestion to the ATP that we just start with the tie-break next time!” said Muller as quoted by ATP World Tour. “It’s always tough to play Ivo and I’m glad I could beat him. I had many friends and a lot of family coming, so it’s been a great week here.”

On the other hand, Donna Vekic shocked British number one Johanna Konta to win the Nottingham Open final. After losing the first set, she fought back against Konta to register a 2-6, 7-6(7-3), 7-5 win.

After the loss, 26-year-old Konta praised her opponent, "All credit to Donna, she was continuously able to raise her level all throughout that match".

Speaking to Eurosport, she added: "I was not able to stay with her. Full credit to her for playing incredibly well.

"But I'm very happy that I got to play five great matches on the grass. For Donna and I, heading into Wimbledon, we just want to play on the surface as much as possible."

The WTA title win will definitely boost the confidence of the 20-year-old Vekic ahead of the start of the Wimbledon.

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