PARIS -- Russian Dmitry Tursunov clinched his fifth title in career as he overcame the second set slump to beat home favourite Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-1 in the final of the Metz Open on Sunday.
Tursunov, seeded fifth, needed two hours and 24 minutes to beat the Frenchman 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 after converting on his third match point.
It was his second title of the year after winning in Sydney.
Fourth-seeded Mathieu wasted three set points in the opening tiebreak where Tursunov won it at 8-6. However, the Russian inexplicably lost his concentration and allowed Mathieu to level the match.
Tursunov found his groundstrokes right in time in the decider to break in the fifth game before holding serve.