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First-Time Winner Spotlight: Ugo Humbert

One of Ugo Humbert’s goals for this year was to win an ATP Tour title. Two weeks into the season, he can cross that off his to-do list. The 21-year-old lifted his maiden tour-level crown after winning an epic championship match against fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire at the ASB Classic in Auckland. His last three victories of the week came against seeded players he had 0-1 ATP Head2Head records against: Denis Shapovalov, John Isner and Paire. ATPTour.com caught up with Humbert after the final to talk to the Frenchman about his breakthrough run. What does winning your first ATP Tour title mean to you? It means a lot for me to win my first ATP Tour title. It was really tough today, really emotional. I’m happy it all worked today. Was there a point in the week where you felt like winning the title was within your grasp, or did this come as a surprise to you? It’s not a surprise because I work hard for it every day and I really wanted it. I did five good matches here again...
ATP - 18.01.2020 08:41

Humbert Reaches Maiden Final In Auckland

Six months after falling in three sets to John Isner in the semi-finals at Newport, Ugo Humbert defeated the American 7-6(5), 6-4 to advance to his maiden ATP Tour championship match at the ASB Classic on Friday. The Frenchman, who won each of his 38 first-serve points throughout the 81-minute encounter, did not face a break point en route to victory against the two-time champion. Humbert is through to his first ATP Tour final on his fourth attempt, following semi-final losses in Marseille, Newport and Antwerp last year. [WATCH LIVE 2] ”I am really happy about this win,” said Humbert. “It was a great match. I returned very well and I played good [on the] key points. I am really, really happy to reach my first final.” The World No. 57 has defeated two of the Top 4 seeds in Auckland to reach the final. After wins over in-form Norwegian Casper Ruud and Marco Cecchinato, Humbert also beat second seed Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals. Humbert will face countrym...
ATP - 17.01.2020 08:33

Medvedev: ‘A Good Australian Open Is To Win It’

Daniil Medvedev entered the 2019 Australian Open as the No. 19 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings. The Russian had won an ATP 500 title, but never advanced past the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam or ATP Masters 1000. What a difference a year makes. Now, World No. 4 Medvedev is arguably the biggest favourite outside of the Big Three to lift the trophy in Melbourne. “[A] good Australian Open is to win it. But if you ask me what I'm going to be happy about, it always depends of course who you play, who you lose to,” Medvedev said. “But I would say I will be happy with quarters. As I always say, for me the first goal is to win it step by step. If I'm in [the] quarters, I'm not going to be there and say, ‘Okay, I've done my goal, it's enough for this tournament.’ Any tournament I play, I want to win it.” Medvedev won his first two ATP Masters 1000 titles in 2019, and he also reached his first major final at the US Open. In Flushing Meadows, the Russian came fr...
ATP - 18.01.2020 04:16

Purcell Earns Spot In Australian Open Main Draw

Australian Max Purcell reached a career milestone at the Australian Open on Friday, qualifying for his first Grand Slam main draw with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Jozef Kovalik. The Sydney native, who edged back-to-back three-set matches to reach the final qualifying round, landed 24 winners and converted four break points to cruise into his first major championship after 72 minutes. Purcell entered the tournament with one win from seven previous Grand Slam qualifying encounters. Joining Purcell in the main draw will be Ernests Gulbis, who defeated Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-6(2), 6-2 in 80 minutes. Gulbis will be making his 10th appearance in the main draw at the first Grand Slam of the season, where he has reached the second round on two occasions. Norbert Gombos did not drop a set through his three qualifying matches, booking his spot with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Pedja Krstin. Gombos will be joined in the main draw by Peter Gojowczyk, who landed 21 winners to defeat Constant Lestienne 6-2...
ATP - 17.01.2020 10:50

Zverev Endures Week Of Prep Like No Other For Australian Open

Alexander Zverev has had a week of preparation before a Grand Slam unlike any other in his career this week in Melbourne. Two-a-days? The 22-year-old has been enduring three practices a day and logging five to seven hours on court ahead of the season's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which starts Monday. The week before a Grand Slam is typically a lighter week of practice for players, especially those in the Top 10. But Zverev was disappointed with his ATP Cup showing for Germany in Brisbane – he went 0-3 against Aussie Alex de Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Canadian Denis Shapovalov – and wanted to fix on the practice courts what troubled him. “I need to get my tennis back because how I was playing at the ATP Cup was just not going to be good enough to do well at a Grand Slam. I know that, my team knows that, my coaching staff knows that. The hours are in now. Now it's just about getting the final preparations right,” Zverev said on Friday in M...
ATP - 17.01.2020 08:34