Russian Khachanov Drains Pouille in 3-Setter in ATP Marseille Final
by Staff | February 26th, 2018, 9:43 am

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:


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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