Rising French star Ugo Humbert revealed he felt proud after edging out fellow rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle. Humbert, ranked at No. 31 in the world, edged out world No. 21 Auger-Aliassime 6-4 3-6 7-6 (5) to reach his maiden Halle final.
“It was an amazing match from both of us, but it was very tough physically and mentally,” Humbert said in an on-court interview. “I’m very proud to win this match, it was exceptional. “It gives me a lot of confidence [winning matches like this], and when you win some matches 7-6 two times in the third set”.
Humbert came up big in key moments
Auger-Aliassime made a great start to the match, having broken Humbert early to take a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for Auger-Aliassime, he failed to serve out the third game as Humbert broke back immediately.
Humbert then saved two break points in the sixth game, before breaking Auger-Aliassime in the seventh game. Humbert then served out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Humbert made a great start to the second set as he broke Auger-Aliassime in the opening game.
Auger-Aliassime then saved two break points in the fifth game, before breaking back Humbert in the sixth game. Auger-Aliassime then broke Humbert in the eighth game and served out for a decider in the following game. As no breaks were seen in the third set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Humbert realized his fifth match point to claim a tight win.
Humbert will be clashing Andrey Rublev in the Halle final. “It’s my first final on grass and in Halle,” said Rublev after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinal. “I think I can play on every surface and I will try my best again tomorrow.
I had good opportunities to break him (Basilashvili) in the second set, some quite easy forehands and I stressed a little showing my emotions. I then came back and stayed calm, until the last game. But I won”.