Peter Gojowczyk wins first career ATP title at Moselle Open

by: AP | September 24, 2017

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Peter Gojowczyk holding the Moselle Open trophy. (Getty Image)

METZ, France (AP) — Qualifier Peter Gojowczyk won his maiden ATP title at the Moselle Open in his first final, defeating seventh-seeded Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2 Sunday.

The last qualifier to win a title on the main tour was Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at 's-Hertogenbosch in 2015.

The 95th-ranked Gojowczyk faced 12 aces from his French rival but put on a solid display on his own serve. He did not face a single break point and broke Paire three times to win the indoor tournament.

Gojowczyk is now set to rise to a career-high ranking of No. 66.

Paire, who had snapped an eight-match semifinal losing run on Saturday, was chasing a second title after claiming his maiden trophy in Bastad two years ago.

"He didn't miss many shots and it was tough for me," Paire said. "If I play like I did this week, I think I can do something good. There are a lot of positives."

French pair Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won the doubles title, beating Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 7-5, 6-3.

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