Connect with us

International

Montpellier Champ Lucas Pouille Ousted In Rotterdam

France's Lucas Pouille returns the ball to France's Richard Gasquet during the final of the ATP World Tour Open Sud de France in Montpellier, southern France, on February 11, 2018. Lucas Pouille won the Montpellier ATP title for the first time with a 7-6, 6-4 win over compatriot Richard Gasquet. PHOTO/AFP
France's Lucas Pouille returns the ball to France's Richard Gasquet during the final of the ATP World Tour Open Sud de France in Montpellier, southern France, on February 11, 2018. Lucas Pouille won the Montpellier ATP title for the first time with a 7-6, 6-4 win over compatriot Richard Gasquet. PHOTO/AFP

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands- Last week’s Montpellier champion Lucas Pouille exited in his opening match at the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday, losing 7-5, 6-4 to Andrey Rublev.

The Russian was joined in the second round at the Ahoy Arena by Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, who advanced after just 15 minutes when compatriot Richard Gasquet, the Montpellier finalist, retired with a groin injury trailing 3-1.

Top seed Roger Federer is expected on court later on Wednesday as he launches his bid for a return to the world’s number one ranking against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in a first-time meeting.

The 36-year-old Federer could become the oldest man by three years to hold the number one spot if he reaches the semi-finals at an event he has won twice.

Pouille lost in 93 minutes, hitting a dozen aces in defeat but losing serve four times.

The 34th-ranked Rublev owns his only career title from Umag last summer on clay. Herbert will play Russian Daniil Medvedev in the second round.

More in International