Everything was not perfect for Ugo Humbert, but this victory in five sets against Tomas Martin Etcheverry (6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4), after being led two sets to one could do the Frenchman the greatest good. If the adversary (77th in the world thanks to an active presence in Challengers on clay) could appear as takeable on grass, he knew how to go about the exchange as soon as the rallies began. And the big fault of Humbert, in lack of benchmarks and confidence, was precisely at the beginning to agree to return to his style of play.
A match interrupted twice
Irregular, author of many approximations during a match interrupted twice by rain, he could not upset the young Argentinian who, even if he slipped a lot, could dictate the game with his heavy strikes. After winning the first set, Humbert could not capitalize on three entry break points in the second set, and he gradually ended up dropping his feet to be trailing two sets to one. It was then that he managed in this complicated context to resurface by being much more offensive, with a much more active presence in the net.
Returning to two sets everywhere, he stayed the course in the last set by taking the opposing service to lead 4-3. At 5-3, 0-40, he had three match points, the first two saved by two good serves from the Argentinian. On the third, shy, the Frenchman was picked off by a forehand attack from his opponent. Humbert could have been tense But when serving for the match he knew how to remain conquering to finish with a forehand attack. In the second round, Ugo Humbert will be opposed to Casper Ruud, 5th in the world. Hoping for him that he will be able to take advantage of this click acquired this Monday in adversity.