Rising French star Ugo Humbert was thrilled after surprising Andrey Rublev in the Halle final.
Humbert, ranked at No. 31 in the world, beat world No. 7 Rublev 6-3 7-6 (4) to win the ATP 500 event in Halle.
“It is incredible. It is the best victory of my career,” Humbert said. “I am very proud because it wasn’t easy. I was a little bit tired, but I tried to stay focused on each point, and did what I could, so it is very nice.
“I tried to stay aggressive and take the ball early because in the baseline rallies it was tough, because Andrey was hitting the ball very hard. Physically, it was tough, and I tried to take my chances when I could, and I won.”
Humbert came up big in key moments
Humbert claimed the first break of the match in the eighth game, before saving two break points in the following game to successfully serve out for the opener.
As not a single break point was seen in the second set, the set went into a tie-break.
The two players were all tied at four points apiece after the opening eight points but then Humbert won three consecutive points to win the tie-break and seal a straight-set win.
Russian No. 2 Rublev was playing his third final of the season.
Earlier this year, Rublev won Rotterdam and finished runner-up at the Monte Carlo Masters.
“It has been a really great week for me, with my first grass final,” Rublev said. “It was not easy in the beginning. Everything was so fast, just one or two shots. At 3-4 I hit three second serves in a row and he returned twice deep and with the new balls it was really tough.
“The second set was good for both of us. In the tie-break I had a big chance with the forehand but I missed them, but it happens and I can’t control it. He was serving very well.”