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Humbert Stuns Rublev to Claim Halle Title

Brittany Jordan

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France’s Ugo Humbert poses with a trophy as he celebrates after winning the final against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, at the ATP 500 Halle Open tennis tournament at the Gerry Weber Stadion, in Halle, Germany, on June 20, 2021. (Leon Kuegeler/Reuters)

France’s Ugo Humbert pulled off a surprise 6–3 7–6(4) win over world number seven Andrey Rublev to claim his maiden ATP 500 title on the Halle grasscourts on Sunday.

Humbert stepped up his Wimbledon preparations by producing a clinical display, winning 85 percent of his first-serve points and hitting nine aces to extend his perfect record in ATP tour finals to 3–0.

After a fairly even start to the match, Humbert took control with his blistering forehands to break his fourth-seeded Russian opponent for a 5–3 lead.

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France’s Ugo Humbert poses with a trophy as he celebrates after winning the final against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, at the ATP 500 Halle Open tennis tournament at the Gerry Weber Stadion, in Halle, Germany, on June 20, 2021. (Leon Kuegeler/Reuters)
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France’s Ugo Humbert poses with trophy after winning the final against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, who is posing with a runners up trophy at the ATP 500 Halle Open tennis tournament at the Gerry Weber Stadion, in Halle, Germany, on June 20, 2021. (Leon Kuegeler/Reuters)
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France’s Ugo Humbert poses with a trophy as he celebrates after winning the final against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, at the ATP 500 Halle Open tennis tournament at the Gerry Weber Stadion, in Halle, Germany, on June 20, 2021. (Leon Kuegeler/Reuters)

Humbert, ranked 31st in the world, went on to save two break points to close out the set before both players struggled to gain an upper hand in the second set.

Both players entered the second-set tiebreak without facing a single break point but it was Humbert who took his opportunities at the net to secure victory in just under 1-1/2 hours.

Despite the defeat, Rublev will rise up to third in the Race to Turin for a place in the ATP Finals in November. The 23-year-old is only behind world number one Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

By Hardik Vyas 

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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