Ugo Humbert beat entry to Majorca, like Adrian Mannarino before him

Ugo Humbert beat entry to Majorca, like Adrian Mannarino before him

At 36 years old, Robert Bautista Agut offered a hell of a challenge to Ugo Humbert, which he finally wore down after 2h31 of match (3-6, 6-3, 6-4), at the Mallorca tournament (ATP 250). The former world No. 9 (now 122nd) still has his legs moving and his sense of the game. This is how he was able to set the pace for a Frenchman who had fewer and fewer points. free” as the match progresses, and less fire in the arm.

Authoritative in a first set that was run fast (84% winning points on the first ball, 17 “winners”), Humbert immediately made the break in the second set. But the Spaniard held on, extending the exchanges and setting his pace. Joined in the score, Humbert had two break points to lead again 4-3, in vain. And it was on four unforced errors in the following game that he fell behind an opponent who was back to one set all.

In the last set, Humbert was the first to lose his serve with opportunities for both players. Even worn out in the heavy heat, he hung on to save four match points on his serve at 5-3. But Bautista Agut, who finished the match by serving very fairly, concluded the next game in the fifth after a direct backhand error from the Frenchman.

Semi-finalist in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, beaten at the start at Queen’s (despite a match point against Arnaldi) and again in Mallorca, like Adrian Mannarino on the same day, Humbert (16th in the world) will not arrive at Wimbledon (July 1-14) in the best conditions. Bautista Agut, who celebrated his first victory in a top 20 since last year in Halle against Daniil Medvedev, will face in the quarter-finals the winner of the match between Gaël Monfils and Roberto Carballes Baena.

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