World number 12 Lucas Pouille has had a slow start of the season, missing the first two weeks and losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Ruben Bemelmans. He played for four consecutive weeks in Montpellier, Rotterdam, Marseille and Dubai, winning one title and losing in the final twice and he is on a verge of entering the Top 10 with these points. Lucas could have sealed his position in the elite group at Indian Wells but he hit another early exit, dropping out in the second round to Yuki Bhambri and admitting he didn't train enough before the first Masters 1000 event of the season after all he has been through in February.
Thus, the Frenchman decided to skip the second Masters 1000 tournament in Miami in order to get some rest and fully prepare for the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final tie against Italy in Genoa between April 6-8. Lucas revealed that one of his main goals in 2018 will be the Davis Cup and he will try to get ready for the action on clay against Fabio Fognini and the other players from the Italian squad.
The 24-year-old was in the French team against the Netherlands in the opening round but he didn't play and he will return to Davis Cup action in Genoa for the first time since clinching the title for his country in November against Steve Darcis in the deciding fifth rubber.
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