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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 43-39, 24-37, 43-42 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    28 % Humbert – 30 of 107
    35 % Paire – 43 of 121

    Two young players (Hurkacz & Humbert) won their maiden ATP titles facing Paire in their first finals and Shapovlaov before it. [57] Humbert’s match against the fellow Frenchman was much more interesting than the Polish-French duel… Paire [24] came back from breaks down in both sets before losing the tie-breaks. In the opener he trailed *5:6 (0/40) when erased the triple set point with three powerful serves. In the decider he trailed: *1:4 (0/30), 3:5* (0/30) – played three great backhand winners in a row; 4:5 (0/30) and 5:6 (0/30)! Certainly it could have been his most astonishing comeback if he had won the deciding tie-break in which he trailed 3:6 on serve. He missed his backhand down the line (total mishit) on the fourth match point and the 21-year-old Humbert could celebrate his rather unexpected triumph with face on the ground. ”It’s a tournament of revenge because I’ve lost to four of the five players I played this week,” Humbert joked. “It’s a great improvement for me and I couldn’t dream of a better beginning for the season.” He had defeated all five players ranked higher than him.

    Humbert’s route to his maiden title (25th main-level event):
    1 Casper Ruud 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3
    2 Marco Cecchinato 6-1, 6-4
    Q Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-4
    S John Isner 7-6(5), 6-4
    W Benoit Paire 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-6(5)

    Serve & volley: Humbert 0, Paire 7/15

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