Fatigue, what fatigue? Two days after his victorious marathon against the Greek Tsitsipas, Ugo Humbert, 22 years old and 34th in the world, was still fresh enough to dominate Marin Cilic (6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in 2h24). “I’m not surprised but it was not easy, he breathes, a bit started. Physically, the first two games left their mark. But I knew how to find the resources deep inside me, everything is going well and I am happy to be there. “
After having succeeded in the break from the first service game of the Croatian giant and led 3-0, the left-hander Metz, often caught up in speed, quickly found himself at 3-3, Cilic advantage.
And that’s where we see what a confident player can do. In three aces in a row, the French n ° 3 is back in the direction of travel … before breaking again on his third opportunity in the next game. The features yet drawn under the cap, the Lorraine did not tremble to conclude the round.
A series of eight victories …
In the second set, despite a legitimate drop in intensity and physical commitment, Humbert held on to the shock, notably saving a 4-3 break point to reach the tie-break, an exercise he likes. But a 3-point double fault everywhere and a few unusual mistakes in the money time lowered his recent statistics (he had won eight of his last nine decisive games, including three out of four since the start of the week) and put the winner back in the saddle. of the US Open 2014.
On a wire, the Habs had to rule out a break point again from the start of the last round. But fortune favors the bold and the pugnacious. Thanks to a setback let to 3-2, he offered himself three break points that he did not let pass… Completely relaxed, relaxed limit, the Messin remained solid on his last two face-offs. legs did not follow but I said to myself go ahead, let go of your blows, ”he sums up.
Humbert, who ensures seeded status at the next Australian Open, has now won eight straight victories (with five of his title in Antwerp). Friday, for his first quarter-final in Masters 1000, the new resident of the All In Academy will face the Canadian Milos Raonic, easy winner of the American qualifier Giron (7-6 (1), 6-2). With a lot to play …
“Milos has had very good results since the restart and he’s a big server. I will try to recover well, he anticipates. I live day to day this week. I have been very strong mentally for a month. I will try to give everything as from the beginning. I trust myself, I don’t put myself under pressure, I tell myself that this is not an end in itself… ”
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