(Reuters) - American Steve Johnson sealed a first career ATP title by defeating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5) 7-5 to win the Nottingham Open grasscourt title on Saturday.
In only his second final, 38th-ranked Johnson edged a tight contest, dropping serve just once.
"It feels really good, I'm not going to lie," said Johnson, who reached the quarter-finals at Queen's Club last week and will move inside the world's top 30 for the first time.
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"I had some ups and downs so far this year. To find my groove on the grass is fantastic. I had a good week at Queen's Club and felt pretty comfortable on the grass.
"Once I got here and played my first couple of matches, I knew I was definitely a contender to win this."
Johnson joins Australian Nick Kyrgios and Argentina's Diego Schwartzman as first-time winners this year.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)