Monday, September 25, 2017

Gojowczyk wins maiden title at Moselle Open

Gojowczyk wins maiden title at Moselle Open

Peter Gojowczyk won his maiden ATP title at the Moselle Open in his first final, after defeating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2.

Gojowczyk, a qualifier 95th-ranked, 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.

"It was a totally different match, because then it was on grass in Stuttgart," Gojowczyk said of their lone previous tour-level encounter earlier this year, won by Paire. "He was better than me on that day. But I felt much better today and it was only one or two points [to decide] the first set. It was a long rally on the break point. I was serving well all day and that was the difference."

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."