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EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Pouille Speaks About One Of His ‘Best Ever’ Wins In Madrid

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Lucas Pouille has once again reminded the world why he is one of the most promising young players on the ATP Tour following his 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(7), win over world No. 13 David Goffin.

 

Towards the end of the two-and-a-half hour marathon, the world No.58 fended off four match points to grab his fifth win over a top-20 player this season (his second over Goffin). The latest triumph comes after he recently reached his maiden ATP final at the Bucharest Open. Following his latest win in Madrid, Pouille talked to Ubitennis.net about his sensational breakthrough.

“Well, it was a tough,” the 22-year-old said after his epic win.
“It was very tense, a lot of intensity in the match. After winning the first set it was tough because he was playing slightly more aggressive.”

Throughout the entire match, Pouille was encouraged by an army of fans in what was an electrifying atmosphere at court 3 of the Caja Magica. The entire stadium was packed from start to finish, a trait which is more commonly associated with clashes between the home players.

The crowd was unbelievable, they were amazing and helped push me a lot during the match.” A thankful Pouille said.

The win over Goffin might not be the Frenchman’s best win of 2016, however, he has still rated the triumph as ‘one of his best ever’. In terms of rankings, the best result for Pouille with his dismissal of world No.8 David Ferrer in the third round of the Miami Open.

“I think it is quite similar, I defeated Ferrer, my first top-10 player. Then I defeated Gasquet in Monte-Carlo,” he told Ubitennis about his recent triumph.
“Goffin isn’t in the top ten at the moment, however, he is one of the best players on the tour right now after reaching two consecutive semifinals on the tour.”
“I think it was one of my best wins ever.”

As he becomes a regular feature on the main stage of the ATP Tour, the confidence of the 22-year-old is at an all-time high. This year he currently holds a win-loss of 13-8 on the tour.

“Yea, every time you win a match, your confidence is higher,” he said.
“After such a match like this, there is even more confidence for me now and for the rest of the season.”

The next step in the ambitious plans of the Frenchman is to fulfil one of his childhood dreams, winning an ATP Tour title. He came agonizingly close in Bucharest, losing in the final to the more experienced Fernando Verdasco.

I hope to win an ATP tournament before the end of the year,” the world No.58 said about his 2016 goals.

Pouille is the youngest French player ranked inside the top-100. Judging by his recent performance on the tour, he is already living up to the media portrayal of him being the future of men’s tennis in France.

 

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Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini reach the quarter finals in Madrid

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Alexander Zverev beats Dan Evans 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to reach the quarter final at the Madrid Mutua Open. Matteo Berrettini moved into the quarter final with straight-set win over Federico Delbonis

 

Evans earned an early break to take a 1-0 lead. Zverev broke twice in the second and fourth games to open up a 4-1 lead and closed out the first set 6-3 with an ace. 

Evans saved the only break point of the second set at 4-4. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Zverev got three mini-breaks to win the breaker 7-3. 

Matteo Berrettini has reached the third Masters 1000 quarter final of his career with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. 

The first set went on serve until the eighth game, when Delbonis saved the only break point. Delbonis went up a 4-1 lead, but Berrettini fought back by winning six consecutive games to take the first set 7-4. 

Berrettini went up an early break to take a 2-0 lead, but Delbonis broke straight back to draw level to 2-2, when Berrettini made two forehand unforced errors. The next games went on serve until the 10th game, when Berrettini earned the break to win the second set 6-4. 

Berrettini will face a quarter final against Christian Garin, who upset Danil Medvedev. Berrettini ties 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Garin. Garin beat Berrettini in the 2019 BMW Open final in Munich. Berrettini avenged this defeat against his South American player in Shanghai later that year. 

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Casper Ruud scored his first win over a top five player, beating this year’s Monte-Carlo champion and Barcelona finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes without facing a break point. 

 

The Norwegian player has reached his third consecutive clay-court Masters 1000 quarter final following the semifinals in Rome in 2020 and in Monte-Carlo last month. 

The first set went on serve with no break points. Ruud won the tie-break 7-4 with two mini-breaks before earning the only break in the seventh game to close out the second set 6-4. 

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Number 1 seed Ashleigh Barty beat Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3 to reach her fourth final of the 2021 season at the Madrid Mutua Open after winning three titles at the Yarra Valley Classic, Miami and Stuttgart.

 

The first set went on serve in the first nine games. Barty earned two break points in the 10th game with a lob and loose forehands from Badosa. Badosa saved two set points with winners, but Barty converted her third chance after a double fault from Badosa to close out the first set 6-4. 

After an early trade of breaks, Barty earned her second break after a double fault from Badosa in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. The Aussie star saved three break points in the fifth game and held serve for 4-1 with a dropshot. Barty dropped just two more points on serve to close out the second set 6-3. 

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“It was important for me to get that early break back in the second set and keep my nose in front, almost force her to come up with something that was going to be a really high level to be at a high level to be able to get back into the match. I have learnt a lot about clay, without a doubt. I promise you, I am still counting down to the grass court season. It’s one of the my favourite times of the year. I think the memories and the learnings now that we are getting from the red clay has been really cool, to be able to challenge myself in different ways”, said Barty.

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