Open 13: Karen Khachanov defeats home favourite Lucas Pouille to claim his second career title

Russia's Karen Khachanov claimed his second career title on Sunday when he beat France's Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the final of the Marseille ATP tournament.

AFP February 26, 2018 09:41:15 IST
Open 13: Karen Khachanov defeats home favourite Lucas Pouille to claim his second career title

Paris: Russia's Karen Khachanov claimed his second career title on Sunday when he beat France's Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the final of the Marseille ATP tournament.

Open 13 Karen Khachanov defeats home favourite Lucas Pouille to claim his second career title

Karen Khachanov of Russia holds his trophy after defeating Lucas Pouille in Marseille. AP

The 21-year-old Khachanov, the Dubai-based world number 47, won his maiden title at Chengdu in 2016.

Khachanov hit 16 aces in the one-hour, 49-minute clash to deny Pouille who was the champion in nearby Montpellier just two weeks ago.

"It's the second title in my career, so I am extremely happy," said Khachanov. "I just need to keep working and keep going. I think both of us played a good match, really solid, and just a few points made the difference.

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