The most promising French youngster Ugo Humbert has received a wild card for Open 13 Provence in Marseille and he will compete in the first ATP quarter-final after a stellar 6-3, 6-3 win over the 2nd seed Borna Coric in 80 minutes!
Ugo arrived in Marseille after winning the Challenger title in Cherbourg and he competed on a very high level against the world no. 13 today as well, dropping 15 points in nine service games to save both break points he faced.
This was only the fifth match of the season for Borna and his second straight defeat after losing to Pouille in Melbourne, serving at 76% but failing to make an impact with his initial shot and having to play against eight break points, suffering three breaks and never matching Ugo's level.
The Frenchman kicked off the match with great hold and he created three break point in game two that Borna saved to avoid an early setback. The Croat couldn't do the same in game four, though, with Humbert moving 3-1 up with a volley winner and saving a break point in the following game to cement his lead.
Serving for the set at 5-3, a left-handed blasted an ace down the T line to erase a break point, closing the opener with another good serve and moving closer to the finish line. Playing with depth and aggression, Ugo forced an error from Borna in the third game of the second set and he crossed the finish line with another break in game nine when Borna sprayed a backhand error, securing his most impressive win so far and staying on the title course.
Facing each other for the sixth time, the 3rd seed David Goffin defeated Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 in just 64 minutes, reaching the first quarter-final since Cincinnati last year and scoring much-needed points. David won 14 out of 18 points on the second serve and he was broken only once, keeping the pressure on Benoit who never managed to play on the same level outside a short period at the start of the second set, facing 11 break points and suffering four breaks in another pale performance.
The Belgian found his shots right from the start and he grabbed five points in a row in game six to break Paire after a wild backhand from the Frenchman who sprayed another error two games later to send David 6-2 up. Benoit secured a break in the third game of the second set for a 3-1 lead although he would never win a game again in the rest of the match, allowing Goffin to break him at love in game six and level the score at 3-3.
David converted the sixth break point in the eighth game after a fantastic point and a forehand winner that forced Paire to break the racquet in anger. Serving for the match, Goffin held at love with a service winner at 5-3 to wrap up the win and move into the last eight, gaining some confidence after rough 12 months he has had.
Andrey Rublev has advanced into his first ATP quarter-final since Washington last year, ousting Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 31 minutes to avenge the defeat from Gstaad in the previous year when the Italian celebrated straight sets win.
Andrey saved two out of three break points and he found the way to grab two breaks and move on in two sets for the place in the last eight. Rublev defeated Tsonga in the opening round and he made a convincing start today, breaking in game two and serving well in the rest of the set for a 6-3.
The Italian came back from 4-2 down in set number two, pulling the break back at 4-5 to prolong the action before Andrey won the tie break 7-2 to notch the fourth win of the season. World no. 143 Matthias Bachinger is through to an ATP quarter-final for the first time since Metz last September, beating the 5th seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 16 minutes, saving eight out of nine break points and playing well on the return as well, breaking the Spaniard three times to cross the finish line first.