German Alexander Zverev captured his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Russia, defeating top seed and reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. In a match that lasted two hours and 32 minutes, Zverev overcame a 0-3 deficit in set three against his hard-hitting Swiss opponent. Breaking serve on four occasions, Zverev hit two aces and won 67 percent of his first serve points.
Wawrinka, who was aiming to win his fifth title of the year, lost his first final since s-Hertogenbosch in 2013.
Frenchman Lucas Pouille continued his great year on Tour by winning his first career title in Metz, France on Sunday. Defeating top seed Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-2, Pouille improved to 30-18 on the season and 2-0 against Thiem in lifetime meetings. Needing only one hour and 18 minutes to seal his victory, Pouille struck 10 aces and broke the serve of his Austrian opponent on two occasions. Reaching both the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the US Open, Pouille will likely hit a career high of No. 16 in the world on Monday.
Thiem, who was in search of his fifth title of 2016, fell to 55-18 on the year.