Borna Coric will leave Madrid thinking what could have been?
Lucas Pouille came to Madrid without a main draw win on the ATP circuit since the 23rd of January in Melbourne a streak of over three months which forced him to decide to take a step down last week as he played a challenger at home in Bordeaux walking away with the title.
Lucas played very well. He seemed very focused and determined early on and his hitting from the baseline and especially the forehand which the Croat struggled to deal with time and time again with the sheer power and depth he was getting on it forcing Borna further back and forcing the errors.
Borna was not short on break point opportunities created as he continued to grind from the back of the court against the Frenchman creating a very impressive twelve break points but only converted his first on number thirteen to level for 4-4 in the second set.
It what could have been a sudden turn-around for the Croat who then took a 5-4 lead in the second set before asking the serving to stay in the set question of Pouille who did that without issues and broke without trouble as well to lead 6-5 and set himself up to serve for the match.
He hasn’t done it of late but the Frenchman who made the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January and hasn’t won since past this crucial test with a very solid performance!