Pouille goûte à l'ivresse des sommets, Serena perd pied — Open d'Australie

24 Janvier, 2019, 00:07 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Tennis : Lucas Pouille devient le premier Français à se qualifier pour la demi-finale de l'Open d'Australie...

C'est aussi une bonne nouvelle pour le tennis masculin tricolore, qui n'avait plus connu de quart de finale en Grand Chelem depuis deux ans (Tsonga à l'Open d'Australie 2017) et qui sortait de sa pire saison depuis près de quarante ans.

Un match énorme! Lucas Pouille a complètement annihilé le jeu de Milos Raonic pour s'imposer en 4 sets et se hisser pour la première fois de sa carrière en demi-finale d'un Grand Chelem 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4. Une belle performance pour le Français, qui rencontrera en demie soit Novak Djokovic (N.1) soit Kei Nishikori (N.9), qui jouent en début d'après-midi.

Son épatante embellie australienne est aussi d'autant plus inattendue que Pouille avait entamé sa saison 2019 par quatre défaites, trois à la Hopman Cup (compétition par équipe mixte à Perth) et une au premier tour à Sydney (contre Rublev).

Pouille (24 ans), entraîné par Amélie Mauresmo depuis moins de deux mois, est le premier Français à atteindre le dernier carré en tournoi majeur depuis Gaël Monfils à l'US Open en 2016. Il ne lui avait même jamais chipé le moindre set. Lucas Pouille a retrouvé du plaisir sur le court et ne s'en est pas caché en interview d'après-match avec John McEnroe sur le Rod Laver Arena. Il s'est au contraire montré impérial sur le sien: à l'exception du break concédé d'entrée, il n'a plus été confronté à la moindre balle de break du match.

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Il n'a pas été en reste dans le jeu: après deux sets, il n'avait commis que neuf fautes directes (24 au total) tout en frappant une trentaine de points gagnants dans le même temps.

Le Canadien de 28 ans avait eu le dessus sur Pouille dans chacun de leurs trois premiers affrontements. Ça ne lui était plus arrivé depuis plus de deux ans.

"J'étais presque aux vestiaires mais maintenant, je suis là en vainqueur".

Wimbledon et l'US Open coup sur coup.

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