Russian Khachanov Drains Pouille in 3-Setter in ATP Marseille Final
by Staff | February 26th, 2018, 9:43 am
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Six-foot-six Russian Karen Khachanov won his second career ATP title on Sunday, edging red-hot local favorite Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 for the Open 13 Provence crown.


“I just need to keep working and keep going,” the 21-year-old Khachanov said afterwards. “I felt I was playing good here from the first day. It’s nice to play on a full court in the final, and I hope to come back next year.”

The No. 9 seed won his first career title at the 2016 Chengdu Open. In Marseille he toppled two Top 20 players in Tomas Berdych and Pouille. He is a perfect 2-0 in career tour finals.

In the third set Pouille was serving to force a tiebreak at 5-6 when the Russian benefited from a key double fault by the Frenchman, and closed out the match on the next point when Pouille netted a forehand.

Pouille, who won at Montpellier two weeks ago, dropped to 1-1 in 2018 finals. He rose to No. 15 on the ATP rankings, two shy of his career high of No. 13.

“Karen is a young player who will be Top 20 soon,” the Frenchman said. “Congrats to him. Overall it was a great match. Another final is always positive. I hope that I can continue to play well in the next few weeks.”

Pouille dropped to 5-3 in career finals.

Khachanov climbed to No. 41 on the ATP rankings, chasing the career-high of No. 29 he hit last August.


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7 Comments for Russian Khachanov Drains Pouille in 3-Setter in ATP Marseille Final

Humble Rafa Says:

I am thinking of getting some bill board that say GOAT OWNER. It’s all out of love, nothing else.


FedExpress Says:

Yessssssssss

Roger won both Laureus awards.

But how did Serena win the Sportswoman of the Year? She only played two tournaments and that in one month. Not understandable.


Humble Rafa Says:

The award was presented by the great German philanderer Boris Becker. Now, I have lost all respect for that award.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa out of Mexico….. hip still ailing…..


Humble Rafa Says:

I will talk to my army of medical experts to determine the problem and hope to get back on court soon.


Margot Says:

Pouille got his revenge today. I like Pouille’s game but I also like Khachanov. He’s a big guy with a big serve but much more than that. Not afraid of the net and good volleyer when he does, and a really dinky chip ROS. Too far behind the baseline at times, hope he can change that.

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