Heineken Open, Auckland
[CR61] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. [CR136] Lucas Pouille (FRA)
That is what Ramos-Vinolas felt the entire match against Pouille. As forehand and backhand winners flew by him, Ramos-Vinolas got increasingly annoyed. In addition he felt there were some line calls that went against him and got even more upset. Unable to control his emotions, he struggled to maintain his focus. Broken his first service games in both sets, Ramos-Vinolas could not regain his composure. Despite having opportunities to get back on serve, he was unable to convert.
As the veteran player unraveled, the inexperienced player remained calm and composed. Pouille out-played Ramos-Vinolas in every area: he served better, his forehand was bigger, and he was quicker around the court. Pouille was confident, while Ramos-Vinolas struggled to find his form. In the end, Pouille served out the match with minimal difficulty, winning 6-3, 6-2.
Can Pouille maintain his form to make it to the final and win his first ATP Tour title?