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Goffin is now a different player, says beaten Pouille

Lucas Pouille had never lost to David Goffin before Friday but the Frenchman admitted after a straight-sets defeat in the Davis Cup final that the Belgian was no longer the same player.
Goffin played a near-perfect match to win 7-5 6-3 6-1 and earn visitors Belgium a 1-0 lead after holding off world number 18 Pouille in the opening set.
Goffin rose to seventh in the world rankings after finishing runner-up at the ATP Tour finals, notably beating 19-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
Pouille had won their only three meetings in 2016 but Friday's encounter was very different as the Frenchman could not pierce his opponent's armour.
"He is definitely a different, better player, that's why he's had the end of season that he's had," Pouille, who often trains with Goffin and is among the Belgian's best friends, told a news conference.
"He is now among the best players in the world, his level has been incredible since his Davis Cup semi-final (in September).
"His level is getting higher and higher and he proved that today. He did everything perfectly. He's playing the best tennis of his life."
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was taking on Steve Darcis in Friday's second singles, hoping to put France level ahead of Saturday's doubles.



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