Rolex Paris Masters: game over for Ugo Humbert

By dint of pulling on the rope … After beating Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the tie-break of the third set and struggling three more innings against Marin Cilic, Ugo Humbert ended his Parisian adventure against the solid Canadian Milos Raonic, seeded n ° 10 (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in 2h16). There will therefore be no French in the last square of the Paris Masters 1000.

From the initial game, the Habs had two opportunities to take the service of the Canadian, not yet lapped on his first balls. The kind of luck that is better to seize because we do not know if it will happen again against the seeded No. 10. But the Lorraine, after three marathon matches in three sets seemed to be short of breath.

Lack of mobility, small mistakes in placement… So many details that cannot be forgiven in the quarter-finals of Masters 1000. Without forcing, the finalist of the 2014 edition managed the break at 2-1. He even had five double break points at 4-1 before concluding the set without batting an eyelid. The royal road. Well almost…

Raonic saves a match point in a rally of thirty strikes

In the second set, the more dynamic Humbert started with his feet to the ground. Taking his rival’s face-off with a thunderous “go ahead man”! And shouting on each strike as if it were the last… An energy of perfectly simulated despair, as the new protégé of Nicolas Copin took matters in hand to return to a round everywhere.

At the edge of the precipice being led 0-40 from the start of the third set, Raonic found the thread. However, wasting two precious break points in the next game. Then two more at 2-1, facing a surprisingly demonstrative Messin, as if lived under his white cap …

It was anyway written that the case was still going to be played in the tie-break. The sixth of the week for Humbert! Praised for his skill in the exercise, the Frenchman has this time missed the boat. He led 5-1 then let slip two match points, including one on a rally of thirty shots where Raonic was more courageous, before surrendering on an ace punctuated by a wild “come on”. The time of regrets …

“I have to be more aggressive, come more to the net”

“It’s hard to find the words, loose the French. I was really not far from my first half in Masters 1000. There was better to do. On this ball, I have to go more and I haven’t gone enough. He was n ° 3 in the world, he feels things… ”

On Saturday, in the semi-final, Raonic will face the Russian Daniil Medvedev, seeded n ° 3, impressive against the Argentinian Schwartzman (6-3, 6-1).

Humbert has withdrawn from the Sofia tournament (Bul) and will take a little rest before turning to next season, where he will be seeded at the Australian Open.

“I have to improve things to take another course, he analyzes. I have to be more aggressive, come to the net more. I hit good shots from the bottom but I don’t put enough pressure. I also have to progress physically, to be more explosive. I am going to recharge my batteries and prepare for 2021. It makes me happy just to think about it! “

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