Marseille | Humbert does home fans proud

French fans will be celebrating their latest triumph at the Open 13 Provence tournament where Ugo Humbert claimed a place on the honours board after completing a very decisive 6-4 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov, the second seed from Bulgaria and title favourite.

Humbert becomes the seventh home grown player to win the title at the indoor ATP 250 level event and has yet to lose a final having now won five during his career, the eighth player to achieve that 5-0 record.

His performance on Sunday was flawless. He was relentless from the back of the court and a lone break in the 10th game of the first set was enough to hand Humbert the set.

After saving two break point in the opening game of the second, the Frenchman raced into a 3-0 lead and he didn’t look back as he sealed a straight set, 84-minute victory.

“I’m very strong mentally in finals,” said the fourth-seeded Humbert during his on-court interview. “It was a great match against Grigor, he’s one of the best players at the moment, so it was not easy. It’s so nice to win at home again.”

“It’s here where everything began, because I reached my first semi-final on Tour [here]. It’s really nice to win Marseille, it’s a good feeling.

“Everything is there. I am pretty solid from the baseline, I serve very well and I am strong mentally, Everything is here and I put everything on court.”

Humbert, who had lost to Dimitrov in both of their previous meetings, should rise to a new career-high of 18 when the new rankings are announced on Monday.



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