Lucas Pouille wins first ATP title in Metz!

Frenchman Lucas Pouille’ year keeps on getting better. The 22 year old today won his first ATP title as he dispatched Dominic Thiem 7-6 6-2 to claim his first title in-front of a home crowd.

There are moments in matches where momentum can swing and that first set tie-break could have gone badly for Lucas but he recovered against the odds. Thiem went 4-0 up in the tie-breaker and then lost 7 of the next 8 points as the Frenchman took it 7-5 against the impressive Austrian!

This win propels him to about 16 in the world on the rankings come Monday, London is a slight possibility and I have to be honest I never saw this type of run coming.

I watched Lucas play Nadal in Monte-Carlo last year and to be honest I didn’t get it. It started off all or nothing and quickly tired himself out and in main draws finished with a win/loss record of 12/14 for the year.

His win loss to date is now 30/18 with a career one of 45-40 and to be on the verge of the top 15 is a great achievement! If you watch his match v Nadal in Monte-Carlo last year and in New York not long ago the difference is massive and credit to him for that improvement!

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