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Rolex Paris Masters: last Frenchman in the running, Humbert takes the door after a terrible standoff against Zverev

At the Accor Arena,.

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Rolex Paris Masters: last Frenchman in the running, Humbert takes the door after a terrible standoff against Zverev

At the Accor Arena,

After 3.5 hours of an intense, high-quality standoff, Alexander Zverev cooled the hot atmosphere on Central Court. Humbert, full of panache and resilience, was very close to a hell of a Remontada. Very close only. The 26th in the world may have major regrets for having lacked realism at the start of the match. Unable to convert a single one of his first eleven break opportunities, Ugo Humbert missed nine break opportunities in the first act. More clinical, the German seized the opponent's serve on his sixth opportunity and tightened the game when necessary. Messin missed two more chances at the start of the second round. His arm often lacking relaxation at its crucial points.

Zverev often serving with formidable efficiency. The left-hander broke down in the fifth game of the second ace, accumulating mistakes and giving Zverev the break. With his back to the wall, the Lorraine managed (finally!) a break on his twelfth opportunity. At the best time since the German served for the match at 5-4. Transfigured and pushed as necessary by the Bercy public, in an electric atmosphere, the one who will be French number one in the ranking next Monday, chained two consecutive games to push Zverev to the decisive game. And it was the left-hander, on the first ball found, who had the last word against the 10th seed (7-3). Released, Humbert took control of the opposing service match for the second time in the fifth game of the last act. At 4-3, in an unbreathable game, Humbert pulled away to erase three break points, but finally gave up his serve on a forehand that was too long. And in the final decisive game, an angry point, Humbert led 4-2, but it was the German, who thanks to heavy serves, won (7/5) to give himself the right to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16.

Sentenced on Tuesday to a fine of 450,000 euros for acts of domestic violence dating back to May 2020, Zverev continues his tennis journey in Paris to ensure his presence at the Turin Masters at the end of November The French Indian summer is already a distant memory. There were eight at the start in the main draw, there were none left after three days... The only survivor of the first round, Humbert was unable to save the homeland despite an impressive resistance. As in 2018 in eastern Paris there will be no French representative in the round of 16. A record low record for the second time since 1990.

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