Like Corentin Moutet before him, Ugo Humbert had a difficult start in the first round on Monday, against Casper Ruud. But like his compatriot, the left-hander knocked down his opponent to qualify for the second round of the Bercy tournament (4-6, 6-2, 7-6 ). In a long undecided meeting, the Frenchman took the upper hand in a largely dominated tie-break to afford the right to challenge Stéfanos Tsitsipas, seed number 2.
Humbert had, before this meeting, won 11 of the 14 decisive games played in his career. The total now stands at 12 out of 15, with this tie-break won at the end of a third round which is complicated to manage. As in the first set, the French indeed found himself in a delicate position, 5-4 for Ruud, and forced to serve to stay in the game.
Clumsy Ruud, Solid Humbert
In the first round, already hooked, Humbert had cracked, let go by his service. An unexpected gift for Ruud, who concluded the round at 6-4 even though he was generally dominated by the French. Without being really in danger, however: the Messin did not manage to create so many opportunities to break, even if he led to the score in many games.
Ugo Humbert, on the other hand, did not crack in the third, relying on a found throw-in, and on a second set masterfully led (6-2) with two breaks obtained. His serve at 5-4 was impeccable, and heralded a controlled tie-break – aided, admittedly, by Ruud’s increasing number of fouls. A good omen before a very big challenge, in the second round, against Tsitsipas.
Ugo Humbert in the first round of the Rolex Paris Masters de Bercy 2020
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Bonzi without mercy
Benjamin Bonzi, he has not experienced so many difficulties. The third Blue in contention completely dominated the Argentinian Federico Coria (6-2, 6-1), completely ignoring the hierarchy of the ATP classification (Coria is 93rd, Bonzi 180th). Benefiting from a wild-card, the 24-year-old Nîmes has shown himself to be far superior to his opponent, “lucky loser”.
Bonzi was expeditious, taking the service of his opponent for the first time in the fourth game of the match, then repeating at 5-2 to win an express round, barely 32 minutes long. Three break points, two converted: the French showed no mercy. The second set was even faster (25 minutes): Coria, in distress and gained speed, gave up her serve twice in a row, and offered the match to the French, impeccable from start to finish. The challenge will be quite different in the next round for Bonzi, since he will face either Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Karen Khachanov, winner at Bercy in 2018.