If Lucas Pouille was nervous competing in a live Davis Cup fifth rubber for the first time, he certainly didn’t show it.
Pouille clinched France’s 10th Davis Cup title with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Belgium’s Steve Darcis in Lille, France, giving his country a 3-2 win in the tie.
I’m just so proud of my team. We really wanted this trophy and finally we got it after 16 years. I’m very happy.
Pouille won 79 per cent of his service points in the match, and never faced a break point. He broke Darcis seven times, closing out the triumph when a forehand from the Belgian sailed long.
“[I’m] just so emotional right now,” Pouille said. “I’m very happy and to play in front of this crowd, my family and my friends, I’m feeling from another world.
It was the second year in a row that the Davis Cup Final came down to a live fifth rubber, with Argentina defeating Croatia 3-2 last year.
another strong season for Pouille, who will finish inside the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the second year in a row. He was also the only player on the ATP World Tour to win titles on all three surfaces this season.
The World No. 18 entered the tie on the heels of capturing his third title of the season in Vienna, after winning on clay (Budapest) and grass (Stuttgart) earlier in 2017.
The last time that France had won the Davis Cup, in 2001 (d. Australia), the tie was also decided in a fifth rubber. The French took a 2-1 lead into Sunday’s play before Lleyton Hewitt forced a decisive fifth rubber, which Nicolas Escude won to claim his country’s ninth trophy in the event.
cant imagine his mood right now, he will certainly be celebrating and be celebrated for making his country proud.
if you where the one, what will you do to celebrate or how do you think you will be celebrated base on your country?