Pouille five years later, Ruud in the trap

Pouille five years later, Ruud in the trap
Pouille five years later, Ruud in the trap

Faraj Benlahoucine, Media365, published on Wednesday July 3, 2024 at 7:12 p.m.

Lucas Pouille won a match at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019. Arthur Rinderknech also qualified for the second round while Casper Ruud was a surprise winner.

Five years of waiting. This Wednesday For the first time since 2019, Lucas Pouille won a match at Wimbledon. Coming from the qualifications, the Northerner showed great strength of character to overthrow Laslo Djere. Trailing one set to zero then 1-2, he finished in style to win in five sets after 2h53 (3-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1). Despite the six breaks conceded to the Serb and his 44 unforced errors, Lucas Pouille will be there for the second round where he will cross paths with Félix Auger Aliassime or Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Arthur Rinderknech had a similar encounter against Kei Nishikori (5-7, 6-4, (2)6-7, 6-3, 6-2). Physically fresher when the match lengthened, the Tricolore ended up taking the measure of the former world number 5. Thanks in large part to his cannon serve bringing him 33 aces. This performance opens the door for Arthur Rinderknech to the second round where he will face a man in form: Taylor Fritz. Seeded number 13 this year at Wimbledon, the American is coming off a convincing triumph on the grass of Eastbourne in the south of England.

Medvedev seriously hooked by Muller

On the other hand, the afternoon was not as cheerful for Alexandre Muller. Surprisingly, he nevertheless made life difficult for Daniil Medvedev from whom he confiscated the first set (3-7). In the following set, he again took the world number 5 to the tie-break but with less success this time (7-4). Subsequently, The Frenchman held on but had to give in narrowly each time to finally give up in four very tight sets ((3)6-7, 7-6(4), 6-4, 7-5)This duel counting for the second round propels the Russian to the third round.

Casper Ruud also suffered. Unlike Daniil Medvedev, he even got the door! The Italian Fabio Fognini got the better of him in four sets (6-4, 7-5, (1)6-7, 6-3). The number 8 seed therefore falls through the cracks, his executioner will meet his compatriot Lorenzo Sonego or the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut in the third round.

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