Lucas Pouille: I told myself to shut up and find way to win


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Lucas Pouille: I told myself to shut up and find way to win

France's Lucas Pouille wasn't happy at all with the way he started his Shanghai Masters first round match but refused to quit as he was eager to get himself back into the match. Pouille, ranked at No. 22 in the world, was on the verge of picking up a surprise loss to wildcard world No.

231 Zhe Li in Shanghai. The Chinese wildcard was up by a set and an early second set break, before the Frenchman stormed back to win 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes of play. "I was a bit frustrated, a bit irritated.

But at 6-7 0-3 I told myself, 'Shut up! Fight! Find the solution!' From that moment it was a different match," Pouille told L'Equipe, as revealed by Oleg S./Twitter. Li failed to serve out for the first set in the 12th game but kept his focus as he converted his first set point in the tie-break to claim the opener.

After falling 3-0 down in the second set, Pouille eight of the next nine games to take a 6-7 (4) 6-4 2-0 lead. The Frenchman then routinely held on to his serve to complete a comeback and set up a second round meeting against No. 16 seed John Isner.