Huge feat of Ugo Humbert! At the end of a duel as magnificent as it was endless, punctuated by three tie-breaks, the Frenchman offered himself, in the second round, the number 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, after 3:16 of great quality. For the first time in his career, he reached the knockout stages of the Masters 1000 in Paris, where he would meet Marin Cilic.
You had to see him at the end of this match, on the verge of cramps, cooked but relieved, euphoric even after having released, a little over a month after Daniil Medvedev in Hamburg, a Top 10 player for the second time. This crazy meeting was surely one of the best matches of Ugo Humbert’s career, against a Stefanos Tsitsipas who was one of the favorites of this Masters 1000, who did not let go, but found a player in front of him. as surprising as it is resilient.
Three match points missed in the second set
First after this delicate start to the match where, breaking from the start, the 22-year-old Habs fell from 0-3 to 3 everywhere. To finally win at the end of a tie-break where he took advantage of a succession of errors of the semi-finalist of the last Roland-Garros. Faced with a very solid Greek serving (75% first balls and 75% points won behind), the second round proved to be very hotly contested. Yet it was he who had four break points at 4-3 in his favor, failing to force the decision.
While his opponent sometimes let out some signs of frustration, Humbert never let him show anything, and after another dominated tie-break, he offered himself three match points with a superb volley that would have disgusted more. of a (6-3). But Tsitsipas is not just any player, and he made a first ace before taking advantage of a missed return, then a double fault from Humbert, to get back into the game.
Often making the difference thanks to his sliced service, well in the exchanges and very rarely overwhelmed by the quarter-finalist at Bercy last year, Humbert did not give up and started by breaking (2-0). But all it took was an air gap on one of his service games for him to be sanctioned by Tsitsipas, who then continued to chain aces (19 in all) to take his opponent in a final tie- break, still dominated by the Messin, flawless in service. With his arms raised, he savored this superb success, despite the absence of the public, on the court. But after such a fight where he seemed to leave all his strength, his match against Cilic promises to be very complicated.