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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 32-25, 38-33 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    37 % Humbert – 28 of 74
    44 % Rublev – 25 of 56

    Very methodical win for the almost 23-year-old Frenchman [31]. Having played four three-setters prior to the final, he wasn’t interested in longer rallies, and actually there was no typical baseline exchanges until the last game of the opener when Humbert needed 5 deuces to hold. In the 2nd set there was *4:5 (30-all) when the ball was in play but Rublev [7] made a forehand error. In the tie-break there was only one mini-break, at 4-all when the Russian made another FH error, that time he netted from a position he plays often winners down the line. Humbert converted his first match point with a forehand winner when decided to hit the ball powerfully inside-out after three moderate forehands to Rublev’s backhand. “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.” said Humbert, who was playing below expectations in the first half of the season, including abysmal performances on clay (1-6 record).

    Humbert’s route to his 3th title:
    1 Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
    2 Alexander Zverev 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3
    Q Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4
    S Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
    W Andrey Rublev 6-3, 7-6(4)

    # Humbert was two points away from defeat vs Querrey at 5-all in the tie-break when struck an ace, followed by an amazing FH return that landed in the corner… he was 15/40 at 3-all in the deciders against Korda & Auger, also saved a double break point at 4-all against the Canadian to whom had lost a week before 6-7, 6-7 in Stuttgart

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