Facing Roger Federer in Wimbledon is one of the best things, says Pouille

Lucas Pouille defeated Gregoire Barrere in straight sets, 6-1 7-6 6-4, to reach the Wimbledon third round and book a clash on Saturday against Roger Federer

by Luigi Gatto
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Facing Roger Federer in Wimbledon is one of the best things, says Pouille

Lucas Pouille defeated Gregoire Barrere in straight sets, 6-1 7-6 6-4, to reach the Wimbledon third round and book a clash on Saturday against Roger Federer. The French player said: "Like in the first round against Richard Gasquet, I started very well putting a lot of intensity, being very aggressive and not making him play at all.

Feelings are great on all aspects of the game. Physically I feel very well, I move well. It's very encouraging. I will have to be very strong in the following round. It's nice to have those feelings, not lose time on court and have a lot of energy.

What I know is that to beat those players, you need energy. Not spending too many hours on court is better. I could not dream a better start. It's very positive." On his next match against Federer, Pouille added: "It's for those matches that I practice.

Playing Roger in Wimbledon, maybe on the Centre Court, is one of the most beautiful things in tennis. I will not even go there to admire the place. We only faced each other once, I wanted to play against him again. In Bercy, I was younger.

I will have to focus on what I did well since the start to the tournament: continuing to be aggressive, putting pressure, trying to have a high percentage of serve. Once the match starts, I just have to play", concluded Pouille.

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