Ugo Humbert is swimming in happiness in Antwerp. A city that definitely smiles at the French. After Richard Gasquet in 2016 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2017, the 22-year-old offered a third success in French tennis in the first five editions of the Belgian tournament. And Humbert knew how to do it. Very offensive, imperial in forehand, regular and efficient in service, aggressive and precise in important points, he left no chance for the Australian Alex de Minaur, dominated in two sets (6-1, 7-6) .
On the level of play he has displayed, Humbert already sees a good reason to be satisfied. “This is one of my biggest victories, he rejoiced. I I’m really happy to win my second title against a really strong player. I was aggressive like in my previous matches and I think I played really well on key points. I took the tie-break point by point, staying very focused and I succeeded. I am very proud of myself.“But Humbert still has other reasons for satisfaction.
Auspicious before Bercy
It was not easy for him to evolve at his best physical level after spending 3:12 on the court the day before to get rid of Daniel Evans. A meeting during which he came close to elimination with four match points against him. He saved them to snatch his place in the final. And the dimension of its title is even greater. “Tennis can really get a little crazy sometimes, he acknowledged. Yesterday it was great to win over Evans, saving four match points, and today I’m not sure what happened: we both played at a good level, it was really a great match.”
Humbert will find a new reason to celebrate Monday with the publication of the new ATP ranking. Messin will occupy the 32nd position, the best ranking of his career, after having signed in Antwerp his second success of the year after that acquired in Auckland in January. Despite conditions made particularly delicate by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Frenchman gained 25 places after starting 2020 in 57th place. A constant progression that he will be keen to confirm at Bercy, in just over a week.
Ugo Humbert with the Antwerp tournament trophy.
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