Aljaz Bedene‘s incredible run on the red clay came to an abrupt end as the top seeded Lucas Pouille easily beat the Brit in a straight sets encounter in the Budapest Final.
There was a lot to like about Pouille’s game as he controlled the match from start to finish. The Frenchman showed he is a good athlete, that his game translates to the slower clay surfaces well and that he can generate enough pace to frighten some of the lower ranked players on the tour. Some of these qualities are exactly why Pouille has managed to rise inside the World’s Top 15 and has already has two Grand Slam quarter-finals to his name by the age of 23.
It took Pouille two games to close out the first set, having had three set points on Bedene’s serve at 5-2* in the first set, but the Frenchman stood tall and converted his fourth set point to take the set 6-3.
The second set was even more one-sided as Pouille demonstrated he can hit through his opponent on even the slowest of surfaces as he broke the Briton on three occasions in the second set to win the title in Budapest.
Even with the loss in the final, it is a very good run of results for Bedene and hopefully it is a sign of things to come at this year’s French Open. There was a stage where he was on the outside looking in in regards of the World’s Top 100 and now he is back inside the Top 60 in the world because of his hard work and his undeniable improvement at ATP level.
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