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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Pouille can tame Kohlschreiber in Stuttgart showdown

Frenchman is a solid grass player

Lucas Pouille could be the value call
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ATP Mercedes Cup
Eurosport 1, 10am Friday

Philipp Kohlschreiber and Lucas Pouille came through lengthy second-round matches and the young Frenchman looks to represent better value in their Stuttgart quarter-final match.

Kohlschreiber will have the backing of the home crowd and he needed it to seal victory over Steve Johnson in a tightly-contested tiebreak on Wednesday. The German is a capable grass performer and was runner-up behind Dominic Thiem in this event last year.

But Pouille has already seen off one home hope in the shape of Jan-Lennard Struff, where he saved match point in an incredible exchange at the net. 

The 23-year-old, who won a second ATP Tour title on clay in Budapest in April, proved his grass credentials with a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year - including a victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

In a closely-matched battle, it's worth siding with the outsider.

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L Pouille
1pt 11-8 general

Pouille proved his grass credentials with a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year
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