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Aussie Thompson falls in Dutch ATP final

Australia's Jordan Thompson has been beaten 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 in his maiden ATP final by Frenchman Adrian Mannarino at the Libema Open in the Netherlands.

The Australian No.4 broke early but surrendered his 3-2 advantage in the opening set, which was decided by a tiebreak, in 's-Hertogenbosch on Sunday.

Thompson had two set points at 4-6 in the tiebreak, but the world No.44 capitalised on his multiple forehand errors before clinching the opener with a backhand passing shot on the run.

Mannarino raced to a 3-1 lead in the second set as Thompson struggled to control his forehands, and later held to love at 5-3 to clinch the title.

The win was the Frenchman's first ATP title in seven attempts.

The triumph completes an impressive week for Mannarino on the Rosmalen grasscourts as he overcame fourth seed Fernando Verdasco and fifth seed David Goffin, before a final set tiebreak win over Coric.

In the women's decider, Alison Riske staged a remarkable fightback to defeat local hero Kiki Bertens.

The American lost 10 of the first 11 games and saved five match points before turning the contest around to beat the top seed 0-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

Riske has now extended her winning run on grass to 10 matches after also claiming the trophy in Surbiton last week.

"I'm just really proud of myself," she told the WTA website.

"I looked at the clock and it was 6-0 1-0 at 32 minutes in, and I thought, 'I can't possibly be (double) bageled in a final'.

"I had faith that things would turn around at some point, I just wasn't sure when. I thought maybe it was too late but I stayed in there and I fought for every point."

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