There will not be a ninth consecutive victory for Ugo Humbert. But the Frenchman will be able to feed regrets after his defeat in three sets against Milos Raonic (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 and 2h18 of play). Because he had been able to recover perfectly from a failed start to the match to make a sensational start to the second set. By taking the service of the Canadian entry, he definitively entered his quarter-final. Boosted, he clearly dominated the final tie-break to lead 5-1 and get two match points. It was without counting on a Raonic found in service. Back to height, he reached the last four thanks to a last ace.
The Canadian, apart from two break points to save from the start, took the best start against a borrowed Humbert who quickly gave up his commitment by committing four unforced errors in the game to let Raonic lead 3-1. Imperial in service (25 aces), he left no opportunity for the French to catch up (6-3). But the latter surprised him at the start of the next set. Much more mobile and sharper in his strikes, Ugo Humbert this time converted his break point (helped by Raonic’s double fault at 15-30).
Raonic dismissed two match points in the tie-break
With the scoring advantage, the Frenchman continued to take the game on his own while showing himself imperial in defense when needed. And it is with an ace that he put the counters at the same level (6-3). On his momentum, he got three break points in the third set. Leaping between each point and ready to return every Raonic serve, he took the Canadian to the tie-break. For this, he had to hold two complicated first serve games (four break points to save in all).
Used to three sets in this Rolex Paris Masters, Humbert would play the decisive tie-break victory for the third time in four matches. Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas were unable to stop the Frenchman. Milos Raonic did not come far from suffering the same fate. But at 5-1, Humbert’s cushioning stayed in the net. Then the Canadian perfectly saved the two match points obtained by the 34th in the world at 6-4. His last ace allows him to find Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. After the disappointment, Ugo Humbert can be satisfied with the tennis he offered in Antwerp last week and then in Paris.
Ugo Humbert during the first round of the Rolex Paris Masters, November 2, 2020
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