Lucas Pouille tames Milos Raonic to reach maiden Grand Slam semi-final

Australian Open
Lucas Pouille celebrates

Lucas Pouille held off Milos Raonic in four sets to secure his place in the semi-final of the 2019 Australian Open.

The Frenchman claimed a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 victory in just over three hours to reach the last four of a major for the first time in his career.

Pouille found himself 2-5 down in the first set, but he broke back in game nine and then took the set via the tie-breaker, while a single break of serve in the second set gave him a two-set lead.

Raonic, though, didn’t give up without a fight and, after no breaks of serve in the third set, he got himself back in the match by winning the tie-breaker.

However, Pouille got the job done in the 10th game of the fourth set as he finally won on his third match point.

The 24-year-old will face either world No 1 Novak Djokovic or eighth seed Kei Nishikori for a place in the final.


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