Humbert downs de Minaur in Antwerp for second career ATP title
- 25 Oct 2020
Ugo Humbert is the champion of the European Open after defeating Alex de Minaur 6-1, 7-6(4) on Sunday. Humbert held all 10 of his service games — saving both of the break points he faced — while prevailing in one hour and 37 minutes.
It was a dominant first set for the 22-year-old Frenchman, who broke de Minaur in the second game of the match and quickly raced ahead 3-0. Humbert fought off the two break points to consolidate his advantage.
In set two, de Minaur raised his level considerably to match that of his in-form opponent. The 29th-ranked Australian held all six of service games, saving two break points in order to do so. That led to a tiebreaker, in which de Minaur led by an early mini-break but could not maintain his advantage. Humbert eventually seized a 5-4 lead and took care of the final two points on his own serve to clinch victory.
This marks Humbert’s second-ever ATP title, having previously triumphed in Auckland in January of this year. It was not easy then (beat Benoit Paire in a third-set tiebreaker in the Auckland final) and it was not easy now. During Saturday’s semifinals, Humbert fought off four match points before overcoming Dan Evans 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 in three hours and 12 minutes.
“Tennis is completely crazy sometimes,” the world No 38 told the ATP Tour. “It was great to win against Evans yesterday with four match points [saved]. I don’t know what happened today; it was a really nice level, a great match. It is one of my biggest wins,” said Humbert. “I am super happy to win my second title this year against a really great player. I was aggressive like the previous matches and I am super happy to do it.”
“Heck of a week mate,” de Minaur told Humbert during the trophy ceremony. “You definitely deserved to win today. For me, this is a very important week for me. I’ve managed to get back to level I wanted to play at and play another final, which is great for me. This is a huge step in the right direction.”
Congratulations @ugohumbert 🇫🇷
— European Open (@EuroTennisOpen) October 25, 2020