Tennis: Zverev denies Gasquet Montpellier hat-trick

German Alexander Zverev returns the ball to French Richard Gasquet their final tennis match of the ATP World Tour Open Sud de France in Montpellier, southern France, on Feb 12, 2017.
German Alexander Zverev returns the ball to French Richard Gasquet their final tennis match of the ATP World Tour Open Sud de France in Montpellier, southern France, on Feb 12, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

MONTPELLIER (REUTERS) - Rising German Alexander Zverev denied hometown favourite Richard Gasquet a third consecutive Open Sud de France title in Montpellier with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory on Sunday.

Local favourite Gasquet, bidding for a fourth title at the indoor event, dropped the firset set on the tiebreak and was broken twice in the second as the 19-year-old Zverev claimed his second career title.

Defeat ended world No. 22 Gasquet's 10-match winning streak in Montpellier. Zverev had beaten fancied second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his semi-final.

Gasquet saw off compatriot Benoit Paire to reach the final.