Former world No. 10 Lucas Pouille claimed his second ATP win of the season on Tuesday after beating Guido Pella 6-3 6-4 in the Monte Carlo Masters first round. Last week, Pouille lost in the Marbella first round as Ricardas Berankis claimed a win in tight three sets.
"After the series of tournaments, I did a good preparation on clay where we worked a lot at the All In Academy in the south of France. We took the time, we were extremely rigorous. I wanted to have a good season on clay.
Last week it was a loss to Berankis after a 2:50 long match, all was not good but all was not bad either. I wanted to go back to work. The state of mind is good. We have to repeat this kind of match. After a long time, what is very difficult is to be patient.
My problem is often being a little too impatient and demanding at this level," Pouille told L'Equipe.
Pouille reveals he had certain doubts
Former Australian Open semifinalist Pouille had been plagued by injuries in recent years and after undergoing an elbow surgery last year he doubted whether he'd be able to again play normally.
"There was a big doubt as to whether I was going to be able to play normally again, especially when I decided to have an operation. There were a lot of doubts, I really did not see the end of it. I have no more pain or apprehension at all," Pouille revealed.
Pouille also added: "This long period allowed me to rethink what I had been able to do in recent years and what I want to improve. The loss of Marbella could have put me in the hole a bit. Another defeat, I could have given up a bit and on the contrary, we remained very positive with the whole team to get back to work immediately."