Countdown on as Pouille's career set to skyrocket

Sun Sep 4, 2016 11:43pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lucas Pouille was not prepared to say his pulsating four hour, fourth-round upset of 14-time grand slam winner Rafa Nadal at the U.S. Open on Sunday was a career changing moment.

But after prevailing in a fifth set tiebreak, the engaging Frenchman was also reluctant to say it was not the launch pad that would send him into another tennis orbit.

"It could maybe," pondered Pouille after registering the biggest upset thus far at the year's final grand slam. "I will tell you in few months or in few years.

"Maybe it will change my career. We will see.

"It will give me a lot of confidence for the next round, for the rest of the season. We'll see after the tournament."

Over the years the U.S. Open has had a habit of producing unexpected champions like Juan Martin del Potro in 2009, Marin Cilic in 2014 and on the women's side Flavia Pennetta last year.

They would tell Pouille that Flushing Meadows is a place where dreams come true and careers are made.

Nadal, however, while complimentary of Pouille's performance, would not go as far as to say the Frenchman is a grand slam winner-in-waiting.   Continued...

Sep 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Lucas Pouille of France celebrates after winning match point against Rafael Nadal of Spain (not pictured) on day seven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. guile won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6). Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports