Pouille reaches 3rd ATP final in 4 weeks in Dubai

Lucas rouille of France returns the ball to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Roberto Batista Agut of Spain returns the ball to Malek Jaziri of Tunisia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Roberto Batista Agut of Spain returns the ball to Malek Jaziri of Tunisia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Lucas rouille of France celebrates after he beats Filip Krajinovic of Serbia during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lucas Pouille made it to his third ATP final in four weeks after overcoming Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) in the Dubai Championships semifinals on Friday.

Pouille, who won in Montpellier and lost in the final of Marseille in the past three weeks, will take on third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who ended the dream run of Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4.

Unseasonal rain in Dubai delayed the start of the Pouille-Krajinovic semi for half an hour. Later, there was a seven-minute interruption at 5-5 in the second set, and a 30-minute stoppage when Pouille led 4-3 in the third.

The second-seeded Pouille, expected to rise in the rankings from 15 to the top 10 if he wins on Saturday, wrapped up the first set with his sixth ace.

The Dubai resident, a semifinalist last year, beat Krajinovic in the Marseille quarterfinals last week. Just when it looked like a much easier outing this time as he led by 4-2 and a break in the second set under a light drizzle, Pouille's solid serve started faltering and his unforced errors began rising.

Krajinovic took advantage and took the set. The decider went with serve and Pouille prevailed in another tiebreaker after more than two hours.

"A loss would have hurt a lot," Pouille said. "I was much better in the first and second set, 6-3, 5-3. I made a mistake to continue playing when it was raining. After that we couldn't even move. It was just serve and return.

"In the third, it was very, very close. I'm just very happy I got through."

Jaziri, ranked 117th, ousted top-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round but couldn't match Bautista Agut.

Bautista Agut broke serve in the second game for the first set, and even though Jaziri gave a better fight in the second with a break of his own, the Spaniard converted both of his break chances to reach his 14th career final. He won his seventh career title in January in Auckland.

People also read these

Icardi left out of Argentina's World Cup squad

May 21, 2018

Serie A co-top-scorer Mauro Icardi has been left out of Argentina's World Cup squad

WORLD CUP: Argentina reliant on Messi, burdened...

Jun 11, 2018

Without Lionel Messi, would Argentina even be going to the World Cup?

Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy...

Jun 23, 2018

The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an...

Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Apr 22, 2018

Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory...

Kompany in Belgium's World Cup squad despite...

Jun 4, 2018

Vincent Kompany has been included in Belgium's 23-man World Cup squad despite picking up a groin...

About Us

Daily Sports Global, your guide to the best sports news on the Internet. Access to the world’s biggest sports events right here even if you’re not physically there.

Contact us: sales[at]dailysportsglobal.com

Subscribe Now!