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Humbert defeats De Minaur for second ATP Tour title

By Sports Desk October 25, 2020

Ugo Humbert captured his second ATP Tour title by defeating Alex de Minaur 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the European Open final.

After saving four match points to book his place in the final, world number 38 Humbert charged to victory in an hour and 38 minutes against the eighth seed.

The Frenchman joined Jiri Vesely, Reilly Opelka and Novak Djokovic as the only players in 2020 to have won a title after staving off a match point in the tournament.

Humbert produced a spectacular forehand on the run before claiming his second break of the first set, which he sealed despite facing two break points.

De Minaur saved two break points at 4-4 in the second but paid the price for losing four straight points in the tie-break after taking a 3-1 lead, with Humbert sealing the win courtesy of a brilliant volley.

"It is one of my biggest wins," said Humbert. "I am super happy to win my second title this year against a really great player. I was aggressive like the previous matches and I am super happy to do it.

"Tennis is completely crazy sometimes. I don't know what happened today, it was a really nice level, a great match."

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