Young sensation Ugo Humbert produced an impressive attacking performance to capture his second ATP Tour title on Sunday with a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory against Alex de Minaur in the European Open final in Antwerp.
“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.”
The 22-year-old dictated rallies with his forehand and served well throughout the one-hour, 37-minute encounter. Humbert is the third Frenchman to capture the Antwerp crown in the tournament’s five-year history, alongside 2016 winner Richard Gasquet and 2017 titlist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The World No. 38 also joins countryman Montpellier and Rotterdam champion Gael Monfils as the second French player to capture multiple ATP Tour trophies in 2020.
In an iconic comeback, just 24 hours ago, Humbert was forced to save four match points in his three-hour, 12-minute semi-final win against Daniel Evans. The left-hander is the fourth player this season to save a match point en route to a tour-level title.
“Tennis is completely crazy sometimes,” said Humbert. “It was great to win against Evans yesterday with four match points [saved]. I don’t know what happened today, it was a really nice level, a great match.”
“I think I played very nicely on key points,” said Humbert. “In the tie-break, I tried to play [point-by-point], stay really focussed and I did it. I am super proud of myself.”
De Minaur was bidding to clinch his first title of the 2020 season. The NextGenATP Australian, who captured the first three titles of his career in 2019, beat former champion Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Marcos Giron and Grigor Dimitrov to reach his seventh ATP Tour final (3-4).
“This was a very important week for me,” said De Minaur during the trophy ceremony. “I have managed to get back to the level I wanted to play at and play another final, which is great for me. I am very happy with where I am. This is a huge step in the right direction.”
Humbert earned 250 ATP Rankings points and €30,160. De Minaur collected 150 points and €24,000.