Ugo Humbert quickly digested his Parisian disappointment. His elimination in the first round at Roland Garros suffered against the Australian Marc Polmans will remain as the big underperformance of an otherwise very interesting autumn. The young Frenchman pulled out all the stops on Sunday against Alex De Minaur in an Antwerp final placed under the sign of youth. Winner in two sets (6-1, 7-6) and just over an hour and a half, Humbert won his second title of the year after that gleaned in Auckland last January.
Too bad this final was played behind closed doors. Considering its quality, it would have deserved another environment. Ugo Humbert first dominated it copiously, winning the first set on the strength of a double break when De Minaur, he was unable to realize his opportunities on two service games of the French. The second act was going to turn out to be a lot more hooked, but then again, Humbert always seemed a little bit above it.
Not much to throw away
The Lorrainer has not been worried once about his stake in this round. At four everywhere, he even received an opening in the form of two break points which were not far from having a match point header, but the Australian dismissed them. Everything was then played in the decisive game. De Minaur took the lead (3-1), before Ugo Humbert put a big boost to lead 5-3 before concluding perfectly on his service.
There really isn’t much to throw in the Frenchman’s performance. Imperial in service (he won 68% of the points behind his second ball, when De Minaur remained well under 50%) where he was able to vary wisely, he perhaps impressed even more in the exchange , where, even in the long line, he did not give much to his opponent. A week that will count in the career of Messin, titled for the 2nd time in two finals and who is preparing to savor his best ranking on Monday. He will be 32nd. And there is no reason that his rise should stop there.