Lucas Pouille became France's hero after defeating Steve Darcis in straight sets in the fifth singles rubber to bring the country's 10th title and its first, since 2001. In press conference, the world no. 18 commented on the stress he felt before the match: 'It was very difficult to live it from the locker room.
I was lucky, Manu (Planque, his coach) was next to me for the whole match. When Jo (Wilfried Tsonga) lost and I went to warm up, I was ready. I wanted to bring the trophy back to these guys who deserved it a lot.
There were complicated moments, but I am proud about what we did in these two years (with Noah).' What were his thoughts ahead of the fifth rubber? 'I was very afraid, but I managed to find a little bit different mental status than other matches.
In the end, I only thought about one thing: to smash it. It's a little bit vulgar, but it really was my wish. I was patient and I really wanted to win this point. Differently than the match against David (Goffin), I knew I would have had more chances to make him hurt and return balls back.
He plays a little bit slower and his backhand doesn't create [problems for me]. So I put a lot of intensity with forehand, which paid off.' About the emotions he felt during match point, Pouille added: 'The moment when I think ball will go out, I am about to fall.
I have doubts until the last moment, then I finally fall. It was something very strong. I cried, which rarely happens. Then after the match point everyone came to me, there isn't anything more beautiful.' Richard Gasquet said 'The key is that we're not only a group's player, we are friends.
For real'. Asked if using the Musketeers theme is right, Gasquet replied: 'It seems to me a little bit grotesque. We never asked to be called like this.' Nicolas Mahut wasn't in the four-men team in the Davis Cup final, but he still felt proud for his country: 'We waited for so many years to get the trophy back in France.
French people were waiting for more than 15 years for this – that’s a long time with the team we have, with so many good players. Year-after-year, we were losing and finally we have [the title]. For me it’s a special week and we need time to really appreciate the moment.' ALSO READ: Nishikori: 'It seemed the wrist was pulling off.
I'll return in 2-3 months' .