ATP Miami: Lucas Pouille Defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez In Straight Sets

Lucas Pouille and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez faced off on Stadium eight and it was the Frenchman who prevailed 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour 13 minutes in the Miami Open second round.

Pouille wins first set

Pouille held to get the match underway. On the 32 seed's serve, Pouille had break point at 40-adv, but the Spaniard managed to fend off break point and held a lengthy game to level. The Frenchman held his next service game for 1-2. In the following game, Garcia-Lopez struggled once more as Pouille had more break point opportunities at 40-adv, but again the 37 ranked player saved break points and from then on held for 2-2.

A game later at 2-3, Garcia-Lopez was facing break points at 15-40, but managed to rally to level at 40-40. He had chances to close the game out, but Pouille wasn't giving him any room to do so as he stopped the Spanish number five. Pouille carved even more break point chances and once again Garcia-Lopez stopped the Frenchman from taking advantage. Pouille had his fourth break chance and the 32-year old double-faulted, handing the game to Pouille for a comfortable 2-4 lead. 

With the set going the way of Pouille, he took advantage and served an ace to go 2-5 up. With Garcia-Lopez serving a break down, Pouille raced away to a 15-40 lead, and Garcia-Lopez cracked under pressure by serving a double-fault and gifting the set to the 22-year old from Grande-Synthe, France. 

Late break seals victory for Pouille

Both players held their first two service games to bring the set to 2-2. With Garcia-Lopez serving at 2-3, the Frenchman found himself with break point chances at advantage. With this being a lengthy game, the Spaniard somehow managed to force an error off the Pouille racket to stop any momentum shifting Pouille's way in the second set. The Spaniard saved break point and held to level at 3-3. With the set reaching a climax, both players held their next service games pretty comfortably to level at 4-4. Pouille held his latest game to go 4-5 up in the set and potentially having a chance to break his opponent.

In the following game, Pouille took his chances and hit a forehand down the line to set up break point and set point. The world number 88 took the match and booked his spot in the third round after the Spaniard sent a forehand long. The six foot one inch French youngster will now face eighth seed David Ferrer in round three, who overcame rising American star Taylor Fritz in straight sets. 

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez plays a forehand against Gael Monfils during their second round match at the Sony Open (Photo:Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez plays a forehand against Gael Monfils during their second round match at the Sony Open (Photo:Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Match Stats

Pouille served seven aces and two double faults. The Frenchman hit 52 percent of first serves in winning 85 percent points. On his second, Pouille won 56 percent. He didn't have to save a single break point, but managed to break his opponent three out of the nine times, giving him 71 percent. He won a total 56 percent points. 

Garcia-Lopez served three aces and five double faults. The 32-year old had 47 percent of first serves in , winning 63 percent and on his second, 48 percent. The Spaniard saved 66 percent break points and didn't fashion any of his own. He won a total 43 percent of total points.