WATCH | Lucas Pouille's exquisite net play saves him a match point

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WATCH | Lucas Pouille's exquisite net play saves him a match point

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SportsCafe Desk

06/15/2017

French tennis player Lucas Pouille saved himself from elimination in the Stuttgart Open when he used a brilliant net play to save a match point in his encounter against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. The resurgent Frenchman came from behind to win the encounter 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(10-8).

The incident in question took place in the tiebreaker, of the third and deciding set of the match, where Lucas Pouille trailed by 8-7 and was just one point away from bowing out of the tournament.

Serving for the match, Struff decided to opt for a serve and volley as he put in a good body serve. Pouille, though read the serve well and played a backhanded shot down the line to catch out the onrushing German. Struff was not going to throw away his opportunity so easily as he managed to pull off a drop shot that left the Frenchman scampering for the ball.

However, knowing that it could possibly be his last shot of the day, Pouille made the run for the ball and not only did he get to it, he managed to place the ball away from the German, who in turn stretched out his arm to keep the point going. This was followed by a quick exchange at the net that saw an incredible four shots being played in under two seconds that saw the Frenchman come out on top. 

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