Ugo Humbert Wins 1st ATP Title in French Showdown at Auckland Classic
Ugo Humbert defeated Benoit Paire in a three-set thriller to win his first ATP title at the Auckland Classic.
Ugo Humbert (Photo Credit: ATP)
Auckland: Rising star Ugo Humbert won his maiden ATP title beating Benoit Paire in a three-set thriller in the final of the Auckland Classic on Saturday.
In the all-French showdown, the unseeded Humbert held his nerve in the deciding tie-break of his first ATP final to beat the fifth seed 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5).
The 30-year-old Paire, number 24 in the world, was no stranger to playing a decider, having been stretched to three sets in his four previous matches in the tournament.
The 21-year-old Humbert, ranked number 47, only played three sets in the first round against Casper Ruud and then won his next three matches in straight sets including wins over second-seed Denis Shapovalov and fourth-seed John Isner.
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In the first set of the final, Humbert broke Paire's opening serve, the first of four breaks in the set, and was on the verge of wrapping up the set at 6-5 with three break points only for Paire to fight his way out of trouble and force the tie-break.
Humbert then quickly reasserted his dominance and comfortably took the tie-break 7/2.
The tide turned in the second set for Paire who broke Humbert on a double fault at 2-1 and maintained the advantage for force the third set winner-takes-all.
In their one previous meeting, Paire had rallied from a set down to beat Humbert in three sets at Winston-Salem last year.
But, in a tense final set Humbert was not to be denied a second time.
He broke early, only for Paire to break back at 3-5, and both players then held serve through to 6-6 when Humbert edged a head with a point off Paire's first serve in the tie-break.
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