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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday October 24, 2020


France’s Ugo Humbert was the ATP’s first maiden title winner in 2020 when he won the Auckland title in January. A lot has changed in the world since then thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but Humbert’s steady improvement marches on.

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The hard-serving southpaw saved four match points in the second set and pushed past Dan Evans at the European Open to book his second career final on Saturday, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4.

He will face Australian’s Alex de Minaur in Sunday’s final after the 21-year-old edged Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6(4) 6-7(3) 6-4 in Saturday’s second semi-final.

Humbert, who became the youngest ATP titlist from France since Richard Gasquet in 2007 when he won that aforementioned title in Auckland, notched his 20th victory on Saturday. That number surpasses his victory total of 2019—17.

“I was four match points down, but I was mentally strong and I took my opportunities,” Humbert said after the victory. “I remained aggressive and when I won the second set, I knew I’d regained the momentum.”


Humbert saved all three break points he faced in the decider to capture the three hour and 12-minute contest. In total, he saved 11 of 14 break points to earn his tenth Top 50 win of the season.

De Minaur improves to 7-2 lifetime in semifinals by earning his first win in two tries against Dimitrov and reach his first ATP final of the season. He traded breaks with Dimitrov to get to four-all in the deciding set but then took the final two games to close out his victory.


 

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