No final for Ugo Humbert in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

No final for Ugo Humbert in 's-Hertogenbosch

This two-match Saturday will therefore not have taken Ugo Humbert to the final. After overcoming the Gijs Brouwer obstacle a little earlier in the quarterfinals, the French No. 1 lost on Saturday afternoon to the No. 1 seed and ninth-ranked player in the world, Alex de Minaur, in two sets (7-6 (4) , 6-3).

But the Moselle native may regret it. After a one-sided start to the match, the Frenchman quickly fell behind 0-4, was let down by a faulty forehand and six unforced errors in three games, and then recovered perfectly under a capricious wind. Humbert was more aggressive and returned to the court with the Australian’s second ball. He then played five games in a row and even scored two set points in a row on his opponent’s throw-in. But de Minaur was able to put them aside thanks to two very good first balls before playing stronger in the tie-break.

The impact of winning the first set was visible in the Australian’s game, who in turn was more incisive in the rallies. Humbert stayed in the match until the score was 3-4, but gave up his serve at the worst possible time, including two unforced errors on the forehand. The Australian, who was 0-30 down when he returned to serve for the match, did not panic and showed incredible defense for the final, where on Sunday he will challenge American Sebastian Korda, who beat Tallon Griekspoor in the other semi-final (6-2, 6-4).

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