French tennis player Lucas Pouille won today at Mercedes Open in Stuttgart after he defeated the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the finals after three long sets, 6:4, 6:7, 6:4.
This result is pretty surprising because Pouille is known as a specialist for clay surface and this is his first title on grass. On the other hand, his today’s opponent loves this turf, and the was a favorite among most of the tennis experts prior to this encounter.
Mercedes Open is one of the most respected tournaments during the grass season and an excellent test for the upcoming Wimbledon Grand Slam.
Before this piece of silverware, Pouille won the Moselle open in Metz, and the Hungarian open, earlier this year in Budapest.
The 16th player in the ATP Rankings, finished the job after 2 hours and 5 minutes of play, managing to resist Lopez’ pressure after an equalizing set. He managed to use his breakpoint chance in the third set with the results 2-2.
“I think I took a little bit more of the opportunities than him. He had some break points and didn’t make them, and I had only one or two, and I made them. So I think that made the difference,” Pouille said.
We have to add that the French player had 29 aces in this match. This is a tremendous encouragement before the start of the Wimbledon, and the 23-year-old is improving his form rapidly.
After the match, when the journalist asked French native, what are his thoughts on the fact that he won the first tournament on grass, which isn’t his best surface, Lucas Pouille was reserved in his comments.
“Of course if you win the first tournament of the grass season you’re very confident, but I know that every week is different and every player is tough to beat. I will need to focus again for next week and be ready to play my first round in Halle,” he calmly said.
Pouille accepted a last minute wildcard for this tournament.
Meanwhile the veteran of this game, Lopez was very emotional after the match. But not because of his defeat, but because he has a special relationship with this tournament.
“It was a very good week for me overall. It’s tough for me to be happy after such a close match, but he deserved the win today,” Lopez said. “I’ve been very loyal to this tournament. I grew up watching all my friends win this tournament, but everyone here has made it even better than it was in the past.”
We saw one of the best tournament for Lopes recently as he defeated Jeremy Chardy, Mischa Zverev, Gilles Simone and Tomas Berdych on his way to the finals. Unfortunately for him in his 16th finals in the career, he suffered 11th defeat.
Up next is Halle tournament, where most of the players are making final preparations for Wimbledon.
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