The 23-year-old advanced to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 triumph over the tricky Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas on Friday and will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas for a spot in Sunday’s final.
The pair practiced together in Dubai while Federer continued his recovery from a knee injury and Pouille believes the 18-time Grand Slam champion’s wisdom has improved his game.
Pouille said: “I practiced with him a number of times, sometimes for long sessions.
“We were playing tennis and doing physical training.
"Every time you are on the court with him, you learn things. He's always trying to improve something.
“Being on the court with him teaches me a lot. I'm really lucky to be able to have those trainings with him.”
He bageled the South American in the opening set but Cuevas found a foothold in set two, forcing a decider with a blend of supreme defense and punctuating backhands.
Pouille quickly sought the break in the deciding set but the Uruguayan broke back before he grabbed the advantage and had the chance to serve for the match.
Instead, the Frenchman recovered a love-30 deficit for 5-5 and put Cuevas on the ropes with an emphatic hold.
He broke at the crucial time and, while Cuevas departed the court pale-faced, Pouille embraced his native French crowd.