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Pouille vs Krajinovic ATP Metz live streaming, preview and tips - Can Pouille reach first semi-final since January?

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 20 Sep 2019
  • Lucas Pouille vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Metz at 6.00pm local time on Friday (5.00pm BST)
  • Pouille has won both of their previous meetings in three sets
Lucas Pouille (PA Images)

Lucas Pouille attempts to make his first semi-final since the Australian Open when he takes on Filip Krajinovic in the Moselle Open quarter-finals in Metz on Friday.

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It hasn’t been a great season for Lucas Pouille after the Frenchman made a bright start to the year in Melbourne - can he reach just a second semi-final of 2019 on Friday when he squares off against Filip Krajinovic in Metz on Friday?

Outside of the Australian Open and Cincinnati Masters tournaments, Pouille had won just eight matches at tour-level this season, but he recorded an emphatic ninth victory in his Metz opener earlier in the week, breezing past Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 in just 68 minutes. Pouille has great memories of the Moselle Open - he won his first career ATP title in Metz back in 2016, beating the likes of David Goffin and Dominic Thiem on his way to the silverware, but his last visit to the tournament didn’t end well as he attempted to defend his title, with the Frenchman losing in straight sets in his opening match to Marius Copil. Can the 26-year-old conjure up another deep run over the coming days?

Pouille first made significant waves on the ATP World Tour in 2016 when he advanced to back-to-back Grand Slam quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, beating the likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal, while he would consolidate that season by taking home titles on all three surfaces in 2017 in Budapest (clay), Stuttgart (grass) and Vienna (hard). Pouille would go on to beat countrymen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet to secure the Montpellier title last year before runner-up finishes in Marseille and Dubai saw him crack the top 10 for the first time, but from there he barely made an impact for the remainder of 2018, making just one more quarter-final for the season (Stuttgart).

Finishing outside the top 30 as a result, Pouille admitted to falling out of love with tennis, but after linking up with Amelie Mauresmo, he made an instant impact at the start of 2019, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin, Maximilian Marterer, Alexei Popyrin, Borna Coric and Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. However, once again, Pouille has suffered a slump, and apart from a decent run to the Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals (where he was toppled by Djokovic again), the Frenchman has struggled to make an impact. Will that change in Metz?


Filip Krajinovic is the man who stands in his way in the last eight. The Serbian has advanced one round further than his R16 finish in Metz from last year, scoring two solid victories over Peter Gojowzyk and Fernando Verdasco to advance into his fourth quarter-final of the season.

Best known for his stunning run to the Paris Masters final in 2017 which catapulted him into the top 30 for the first time, injuries - as they did before that tournament - played a part in Krajinovic dropping back down the rankings in 2018, but he’s working his way back, and after being involved in an unsavoury split with former coach Thomas Johansson earlier this season, the Serbian has seemingly been galvanised to prove the Swede wrong. Injuries have once again struck Krajinovic down at various stages in 2019, but he’s a very solid 23-12 for the season so far, reaching the third round of the Australian Open, the fourth round at Indian Wells (beating Daniil Medvedev), the third round in Miami, winning the Mouratoglou Open Challenger, finishing runner-up at the ATP Hungarian Open to Matteo Berrettini, capturing the Heilbronn Challenger, making the third round at Roland Garros and advancing to quarter-finals in Montpellier and Hamburg, coming into Metz at No. 49 in the world.

Pouille has won both of their previous meetings in three sets on hardcourts last year, but Krajinovic has done a lot more winning than the Frenchman in 2019, and I think he’s a solid chance in Metz on Friday. Both players have quite similar games in that they are each athletic and dynamic shotmakers, but to me Krajinovic has been more consistent when he’s been healthy this season - and if he can maintain that level, he should have his chances to reach the semi-finals.


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Pouille vs Krajinovic ATP Metz live streaming, preview and tips - Can Pouille reach first semi-final since January?

Lucas Pouille attempts to make his first semi-final since the Australian Open when he takes on Filip Krajinovic in the Moselle Open quarter-finals in Metz on Friday.

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