Ugo Humbert is now unbeaten in his last five ATP Tour-level finals after a stunning victory over Grigor Dimitrov in Marseille; Watch over 80 tournaments a year, including the US Open, exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis
Monday 12 February 2024 13:43, UK
Home favourite Ugo Humbert produced a five-star display in defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3 to lift the Open 13 title in Marseille on Sunday.
Humbert powered to a superb victory with a near-flawless performance to become the seventh Frenchman to lift the title at the indoor ATP 250 event.
Andrei Medvedev (5-0, 1992-93)
Thomas Enqvist (5-0, 1992-95)
Sjeng Schalken (5-0, 1995-2000)
Ernests Gulbis (6-0, 2010-14)
Martin Klizan (6-0, 2012-18)
Carlos Alcaraz (5-0, 2021-22)
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Ugo Humbert (5-0, 2020-24)
"I'm very strong mentally in finals," said 25-year-old Humbert in 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."
The Frenchman was relentlessness 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 chances in the opening game of the second set, Humbert raced to a 3-0 lead and he didn't look back to seal an 84-minute victory.
"Everything is there. I am pretty solid from the baseline, I serve very well and I am strong mentally," said Humbert, who has now won his past eight matches indoors after also lifting a trophy on home soil in Metz last November. "Everything is here and I put everything on court."
Humbert, who had lost to Dimitrov in both of the pair's previous meetings, will rise to a new career-high of No 18 in the ATP rankings on Monday.
Second-seeded Tommy Paul won his second career ATP title, surging ahead by winning the first three games in the third set and beating unseeded Marcos Giron 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-3 in an all-American final at the Dallas Open.
"That was a pretty unbelievable match," said Paul, who in the new ATP rankings will move up one spot to 14th, making him the second-highest ranked American behind Taylor Fritz.
The Dallas Open has been played on the SMU campus all three years since moving to Texas, but next year will be an expanded ATP event played in a bigger location.
When upgraded to ATP 500 level from ATP 250 next year, the tournament will be played at Ford Center at The Star, the world headquarters and training facility of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
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